Any reason to shoot film nowadays?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Joseph S Wisniewski Forum Pro • Posts: 34,130
Only large format...

bseng wrote:

What are some reasons why someone would shoot 35mm film over a DSLR.

Low entry cost, which might offset the higher running cost, if you don't shoot much.

Higher risk, which appeals to some people, I guess.

"Retro appeal", as has already been mentioned.

Can you extract higher image quality from 35mm?

Only if you're shooting low speed B&W. Some of the 25 speed B&W emulsions, like bluefire, can outresolve anything but a D800, but the level of care you have to take is insane. Focusing cameras that simply weren't meant for that level of resolution is amazingly difficult. Back in the tech pan days, I reshimmed and recalibrated a couple of cameras for better focusing accuracy. Then you have to deal with scanning to realize that potential.

Much easier just to pick up a used 6x7 medium format or 4x5 large format.

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