How many still shoot film?

Started Sep 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
ADMint Veteran Member • Posts: 3,825
Re: Digital is not so inexpensive!

Rexgig0 wrote:

ADMint wrote:

Rexgig0 wrote:

I have seen several mentions of the expense of film, compared to digital. While this is true, to an extent, it ignores the substantial expense of a computer, a truly capable monitor, software, digital media storage, and such. We are looking at the acquisition of a new computer, or two, some time within the next six to eight months. For our non-photographic needs, we could each be satisfied with something like the 11" Macbook Air.

The limitations of my wife's computer, which had been state of the art not so long before, became painfully apparent when we acquired 16MP and 18MP DSLRs. (Of course, if we wish to digitize our negatives, and then work with the files, a decent computer and monitor will be desirable.)

Then, there are the cameras. I bought my film SLRs as pre-owned, but pristine. My two as-new F6 cameras cost less than a new D800, and a new F6 would have cost hundreds less than a D800, yet the F6 is more like a D2/D3D4-series camera in build quality and ergonomics. The F6 was announced together with the D2x, but the F6 has no digital sensor to become obsolete. The Nikon factory in Sendai still makes a few F6 cameras a year, so support is not a problem. Life is good!

It all evens out eventually. I shot with film up until 10/11 and decided I didn't want to deal with the headaches of finding film, processing and cleaning negatives/slides, scanning, and spot removals.

Then there's the expense of the scanner (I have a Nikon Coolscan LS4000ED) if you plan on scanning and digitizing your images, which BTW requires a computer anyway.

Oh and let's not forget the chemicals and items/equipment needed to process your own film. Or the expense of having someone reputable doing it for you.

Yes, the initial expense in digital photography can be expensive, but it levels off, and from there it just comes down to upgrades every few years.

Anyway in the end it all comes down to convenience and ease with digital photography. Film on the other hand just has that nostalgic look that's just priceless.

My two cents.

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Quite true! Neither is inexpensive; I just wanted to address the "digital is virtually free" idea that I see posted all too often. I hope my tone is seen as positive; no rant intended. I use both Canon and Nikon cameras and lenses, and enjoy both film and digital.

I didn't think you were ranting and in fact you did bring up a good point. And I agree, when it comes to digital, one must weigh all the costs, not just the camera.

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