Does the fax have a future?
Does traditional stamped mail have a future?
Oil shocks/"cars have no future".
Any others? Must be.
All the doomsayers, the strongest in the ranks of instant digital professionals, would beat the dead horse to a pulp to convince the world that film is dead. It's one of the funniest (and most absurd) conclusions anybody could hope to find. It's no at all true and there really is nothing to argue about. There will always be film no matter what the quantity, maybe not the film we as individuals love and cherish, but always something to dabble with as an alternative and I see it being quite likely some new films will come out in the future. It all looks very interesting to me.
“The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see." ~Edward Weston, 1922.
I believe we will see the downfall of modern society before film, and i will use my trusty film camera to document it! When the zombies take over the world, there won't be any electricity, and so i cannot be trusted with a digital camera.
You care about the future of film if you intend to invest in analogue photography related stock.
If you are a photographer rather than an investor, the question is irrelevant because you can stockpile years and years of provisions and ask the same question in five or ten years time.
I like capers and eat them. I don't care whether other people like capers and if they are still around in 10 years. What other people do does not regard me. If I couldn't grow capers myself, I would stockpile them and again make the question irrelevant.
Well, it might be just an impression, but it seems to me that every week there is at least one new thread along the lines of "been shooting digital, now coming back to film" or "had a dark room years ago, just setting a new one up", or "I'm a youngster trying film for the first time". Sean - how about a sticky "poll" so that people doing this could check in - would be nice to try and get a handle on how many newbies and returnees there are.
And another thing - and again Sean might be able to put some numbers behind my impression - but it seems to me that when I first joined this site, if you posted a picture in the gallery, it stuck around on "page 1" for quite a while. Now, it seems it falls off the bottom of page 1 a helluva lot quicker.
You should be good until at least next summer, then.
Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac
I would still shoot film if the best 100 MP MF digital camera was free.
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Film photography will likely prove to be just as persistent as buggy whips, which are still around.
It was the millions of consumer 'memory capturers' that made high volume color film and paper production possible (not 'photographers'). They now seem to have moved to smart phones to do this. For many years it's been my hope that people would recognize the limitations digital images have in longterm image storage and retrieval and recognize that silver halide film materials offer the ideal archiving medium properties (long life and human readable). Sadly, this doesn't seen to be happening, and this new market for silver halide material that could keep the manufacturing volume up will never develop.
Sorry, but buggy whip manufacturing equipment requirements have nothing in common with film.
My feeling exactly. The hype in the marketplace for digital cameras is always more megapixels. How often do you see "better exposure lattitude" or "better color reproduction without photoshopping"? That's where I see the technical problems with digital lie, not in lack of resolution or megapixels. Until those problems are significantly improved on, I would always choose film over digital.
Originally Posted by Roger Cole
Your post does remind me of a notable Mark Twin quote:
Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel
The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
The discussion is not whether film will regain its once mighty status. No, that ship has sailed. But whether film will remain a viable product and choice for photographers, be they pro and serious amateur for some time to come or even indefinitely. For that it will hold a place and will just as vinyl records, buggy whips and wagon wheels are still made keep its place. It may ebb and flow in popularity but it as a niche shall small or larger still remain.
Sigh..... that may have been true in the '90s, but it's not true today.
Originally Posted by RPC