Why I shoot digital Locked

Started Jan 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Raymond Cho Senior Member • Posts: 1,381
I use both

Sure, digital is way more flexible, way more modern, way more IQ, color accurate and modern yes. No doubt.

I use film b/c it is a hobby an I like to be more involved, than just refer to the LCD and Photoshop / LR it until I am happy with it. So I like the hands on approach, research, choose film, shoot it slowly carefully, wait for the results when it's at the lab. Employing grad filters, warming / cooling filters etc.

I just got into self processing b/w film, I just carry a 2nd body like a Nikon FM2 similar to the Olympus OM.

For a hobbyist it is a lot cheaper too. Instead of the fancy internal motor VR/IS nano coated lenses, lenses have gotten a lot more expensive, every new model gets more expensive, even the same stuff year after year can be more. For the amount of nice shots an amateur gets, is a $2,000 camera body worth it? Financially they could get a $100 film body with much cheaper lenses. Still money left over for film and lab / chemistry costs. To me there is a lot more feel with film. I've been to photography galleries but I preferred the film collection there ...

But sure for high ISO it is digital. I don't do much of that. Mainly off a tripod but when I do b/w I like the grainy look for the occasional street / travel photo. I use digital mainly for things like passports, family and friends where they need it on FB.

Mainly shooting Velvia slides and b/w film not the C41 stuff at all now, nor the b/w C41.  I do the DIY developing.  Looking at picking up a Hasselblad film body.

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