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    Film did not kill painting or drawing. Digital will not kill film, it is just becoming a niche market. The big difference is that we need to order product instead of running down to the local camera store.
    DIGITAL IS FOR THOSE AFRAID OF THE DARK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdanks
    Well, I'm 40 and I think I'm probably quite typical of the kind of people who are getting into film, or getting back into film.

    .... it's men (because it usually is men) of a certain age, looking for a challenging hobby, who have reached a stage in their life when they have settled down and have a little money to spend on their interests....

    Kevin
    Apart from my being 47 it could be me saying all of this . I have posted it elsewhwere in the board but my poll at http://thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=40021 gives some interesting figures;
    22%- use mainly film
    20%- use mainly digital
    42% - use the most appropriate medium for a task (film OR digital)
    15% - would switch to digital if it weasnt so expensive.
    ONLY 5% say film is dying !
    (41 votes -figures rounded to nearest whole number)

    The board's headline poll is on a similar subject of 52 votes cast
    54% prefer digital
    33% prefer film
    13% like all media.

    This is NOT a specialist analog forum, most conversatiion reflects the approx 60/30 split, but it seems that amongst 'serious' photographers film is still preferred by 1/3rd of users- even with improving digital technology I guess at least 20% will stay with silver based capture so we should be OK for a while yet.. and the price of GOOD gear is absaloutely silly, though I have noticed that s/h prices seem to be rising at dealers as new stock dries up.
    I'm glad I made the investment- Darkroom, MF camera, 35mm AF camera and a film scanner for a little more than a new Canon 350D!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPolo
    Plain old radio saves the day when not even the local law enforcement officials can get through in an emergency.
    Quite right, the communications after Hurricane Katrina being just one recent example of amateur radio working reliably when everything else has failed.

    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by digiconvert
    Apart from my being 47 it could be me saying all of this . I have posted it elsewhwere in the board but my poll at http://thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=40021 gives some interesting figures...

    This is NOT a specialist analog forum, most conversatiion reflects the approx 60/30 split, but it seems that amongst 'serious' photographers film is still preferred by 1/3rd of users...
    I saw that poll and voted (for film, of course). That board is very interesting - I get the feeling that there are lots of younger photographers on there who see film as something that they should aspire to using, but perhaps are a little daunted by it. It's a good place to spread the true gospel of analogue!

    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdanks
    I saw that poll and voted (for film, of course). That board is very interesting - I get the feeling that there are lots of younger photographers on there who see film as something that they should aspire to using, but perhaps are a little daunted by it. It's a good place to spread the true gospel of analogue!

    Kevin
    I'm 24 and all my mates (many younger) use 35mm and MF exclusively. There are a few of us :-)

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    I am 68, and have been in film (analog) since I was 12. I am now a retired 32 veteran of Kodak who wants to pass on everything I can to those interested.

    Guess how many expressed an interest so far for my workshops?

    If you were really interested, where are you?

    I am willing to teach courses in emulsion making, film design, and color processing. Speak up people!

    PE

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    If I were in NY I would sign up straight away

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    Ask yourself this... Is it worth it to get involved with film if all I will have is 10 years with it before it disappears? If your answer is yes, then go for it. You can buy enough film to last you 10 years today! Now, every year that film is readily available, you can tack on to that. Also, I shoot 8x10 and feel it will be a long time before a practical digital alternative to 8x10 will be available. (practical also means equal in quality) So, I'm sticking with my 8x10 film! I can scan or print in the darkroom. The best of all worlds! It's a great time if you look at it that way. There are so many ways to make the best possible photo/print you are capable of making. That's Exciting!
    Yeah BABY!
    Last edited by bobbysandstrom; 02-07-2006 at 05:04 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    PE,

    I read all your articles with great interest, and I would be very interested in your workshop.

    We have an APUG meeting here in England in April, and maybe we can discuss whether there is a chance to get some money together to get you over here and do a workshop in England? Would you be interested in that?

    Would there be interest for a workshop within the English community?

    Ansgar

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomadicslacker
    This is the most depressing and discouraging part of this forum. I am 46 years old and has always wanted to learn film based photography, I am now making that dream come true but every time I read this particular part of apug I wonder if I have waited too long to get started and will there be any products to buy in the future. I other words, is analog photography a bad investment. I hope not because digital just isn't art to me, it's just digipics without art. Please reduce the unproven and only post true facts about the industry. Thanks nomadicslacker...
    Two things: Read this article by Barnbaum

    http://www.barnbaum.com/thoughts.html

    and don't read all the 'chatter' at APUG or other groups.

    Now, get out there and expose some film. Every day.
    Watch for Loose Gravel

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