What to miss from the film (and from OVF)

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Tommi K1 Senior Member • Posts: 4,563
What to miss from the film (and from OVF)

The EVF is superior all ways to OVF when it comes to get the photograph, you can see in much lower light (like in astrophotography), you can see in far brighter light (like direct sunlight in pure white snow scene or welding light), you get to see the exposure and all other effects (white balance, clipping, slow motion) you can magnify the view for critical focus or subject observation (macro photography, super telephoto etc), you get far faster manual focusing (via focus peaking) and you can have a lot more fun (art filters, PEN F).

But even when we have technologies like S-OVF (Simulated Optical View Finder) that is almost like the OVF (only difference is the resolution really) the main differential really is the experience you don't get, the uncertainty what you are actually getting. That can be so freeing experience when you don't know you got the shot, when you don't know how the photo was captured.

That experience is similar like a SLR vs DSLR where lateral lacks the Film Advance Leveler. The sound when you winded the next frame and small window to frame counter that reminded you to wait before you get the roll out for development.

The "slow photography process" can be done with digital, there is nothing special in it. To restrict yourself, get a manual focus lens (or just use manual focus), get a small 256 MB memory card that holds just 28-38 frames depending Mpix count and format. Set to S-OVF (or use a OVF attachment if no EVF) and just don't touch to Playback button (tape it over if must).

But there is always the knowledge behind the skull that you can just eject card and inser to smartphone and get images out. There is no waiting. No processing and no warning "you get one shot".

When placing a SLR and MILC side by side with a roll of film and 256MB card and you need to use both same way, the digital is very much relaxing by just knowing that you get it, while film has the experience that each frame is drawn on something physical and it is not "going away" by press of a button.

So even when you get same frame count on both, same process to take photos, same limitation to know what you gonna get, and you get same keeper rate or same style going, it still ain't the same experience. The failed exposures and the wrong white balance etc are what makes it nice as you must accept what you had. With digital it is far more easier and creative as you can so quickly and efficiently get the perfect shot in camera that it makes forget that even a blurry, badly exposed shot can be very valuable.

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