Do you own a film camera? Film-look vs Digital

Started Jul 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Do you own a film camera? Film-look vs Digital

hokyungbenjaminbenlee wrote:

I am currently analysing the 2013 version of the film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" directed by Ben Stiller for my assignment. I was watching the behind the scene clips on YouTube and noticed that the Arri cameras they were using had film stocks attached to them. My quick research revealed that Ben Stiller did actually shoot the entire movie on film. I also found an article where Stiller talks about the reason why he shot on film.

“I shot the movie on film,” says Stiller on the phone from New York. “I don’t really like digital. What always strikes me, when you go to the postproduction process in the labs, is that what they’re trying to do with digital is simulate film anyway. I get it, why people want to shoot digital in terms of costs, but I’m old-fashioned.”

I think Stiller makes a good point in that a lot of times film-makers spend tremendous amount time and money trying to replicate the film-look in post-production. In my personal opinion, while digital-look is alright for high-definition still-photography, for moving-images, they are not as effective. I personally drop the contrast and sharpness by three stops on my camera to achieve the film-look.

I heard from many of the photographers that I need to get a film-camera to learn how to compose a shot properly. I know that developing a roll of 35mm film is painfully annoying these days (with a lot of developers disappearing) but I am thinking of acquiring a SLR camera and go old-school.

I just wanted to know if anyone in this forum prefers film-camera over their digital camera and could suggest me a 35mm film-camera?

I have these two: Nikon F100 - almost like a high end modern DSLR - compatible with all the latest lenses, including the "G" lenses that doesn't have an aperture setting on the lens.

And my favorite. A Nikon FE, compact, great build, with aperture priority autoexposure, but also has one of the best manual match needle metering system there is.

And yes, film has a special look. If it was more convenient I would prefer it over digital in most cases (not all) for personal shooting

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