I think Thom was right, again...

Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
BJN Veteran Member • Posts: 5,075
Shooting economy doesn't work, but other economies do

coudet wrote:


Some time ago Thom Hogan posted that digital might not actually be cheaper than film, because you end up buying new bodies so often. I'm starting to agree with him, even though I shoot far more digital shots than film.

No one forces you to upgrade.

Do the math - how many shots you take with digital and how much would it cost to shoot that much on film?

As much as I try to train out old habits, I don't shoot a lot more using digital. I still think about my shots and compose them rather than "spray and pray". Some people shoot with abandon with digital, others don't. There's no common economics.

In my case, the math extends into the digital darkroom vs. having my own professional-level darkroom and keeping it supplied and maintained. That's a big savings.

But the biggest savings of all may be the time saved buying film, managing and loading it in the field, dealing with labs, and doing my own enlargements.

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