Any reason to shoot film nowadays?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
danijel973 Contributing Member • Posts: 851
Re: Any reason to shoot film nowadays?

Dave Luttmann wrote:

danijel973 wrote:

You are ignorant. Where I live, there are no q-labs anymore, there is only one lab in the city that still processes E6 but with questionable freshness of chemicals and almost half the film they keep is past its expiration date. No, they don't have a fridge. So don't start barking your arrogant nonsense if you don't know the facts. It is very, very difficult to get fresh materials and even more difficult to get high quality processing, and no, it's not because I'm doing something wrong, it's because film is on its way out for the last ten years.

As he has run pro labs before, I think he knows a little bit more on the topic than you.

Seeing that he doesn't even know where I live, let alone what is the availability of labs and processing here, I certainly know more than he does, at least about everything that is relevant to my experience with film. So from my position, he's all hot air. Maybe he can buy and process whatever kind of film where *he* lives, but he's not the center of the universe and his conditions don't universally apply. This in itself wouldn't be a problem, but he seems to think otherwise, which makes me perceive him more-less the way people would perceive a 10-year old know-it-all.

What I find most irritating in this entire thing is that "film people" behave like it's business as usual, but it's not. It's the end of the world for film. There's no more Kodachrome, and the writing is on the wall for most E6 emulsions in most formats. Another guy says "why don't you process your own E6". Yeah, why don't I produce my own glass plates like real men did before George Eastman.

For me, it stopped being worth the effort when I intended to buy a 4x5" field camera, some 3yrs ago, and realized there isn't a single lab in the country that could process film in this format, and I'd have to mail order the materials from Hong Kong.

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