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    I think if you're not into the process of photography, or the developing, and are an every day "take photos at birthdays" type of person. Film does not really make much sense, the freedom to take 1000 photos and not pay for any of them, and to chimp is worth more to most people than the look or pleasure of film.

    But also, I think some people (a lot of people) are embarrassed to be different, and if shooting film singles them out as someone who fails to follow the pack, then they're not going to do it.

    That's not to say all digital shooter care about that, but it's amazes me how many times I hear as a defence "most people would do it", or "everyone else does it" even from grown adults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegman View Post
    I think if you're not into the process of photography, or the developing, and are an every day "take photos at birthdays" type of person. Film does not really make much sense, the freedom to take 1000 photos and not pay for any of them, and to chimp is worth more to most people than the look or pleasure of film.
    For the person who wants everything on their computer so they can e-mail and Facebook them, then digital makes sense. If you just want some 6x4 prints to pass round (like people used to do all the time) dropping a film off at a minilab and picking up your prints a little while later is a lot easier than messing about with an inkjet printer yourself for the majority of non-hobbyist photographers.

    Yes, you can do the same thing with a memory card but most people already had film cameras so they would have had extra expense to become part of the new high tech digital convenience crowd.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    "Film is dead!" he said, while fondling the F100 pornographically.
    Young lad in the local branch of J*****s likes to smell the bellows on my 1950's 5x4 before going off to sell some punter the latest digi-must-have - I only went in there because film was nearly half the recommended retail price.

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    I use my digital SLR time to time, as I think my light meter is playing funny buggers with me.. need a new one. Also use it for digital polaroids ocassionally, since I light on film 'strobist' style with YN-460's and RF-602's.

    I dont think it's embarassing, as it looks pretty darn impressive to carry around a RB67, or hip to carry around a Trip 35 or OM slr etc. Though I wouldn't leave digital behind either, the dSLR video just makes my day. My dSLR never gets dusted off for stills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    For the person who wants everything on their computer so they can e-mail and Facebook them, then digital makes sense. If you just want some 6x4 prints to pass round (like people used to do all the time) dropping a film off at a minilab and picking up your prints a little while later is a lot easier than messing about with an inkjet printer yourself for the majority of non-hobbyist photographers.

    Yes, you can do the same thing with a memory card but most people already had film cameras so they would have had extra expense to become part of the new high tech digital convenience crowd.


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    Not sure about the USA, but in the UK, you can go into a chain photo lab and put your SD card into a machine and get prints, so you don't actually need to own a computer. Probably still not as simple as giving your roll of film to someone, but still pretty simple.

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    I actually make it a point to bring film to my gigs I shoot. I love bringing my old Nikkormat out. One of these days I'll upgrade to a Nikon F, but until then I'll be on this thing. I always get the proverbial "that thing takes film? you can still get film?" etc.

    The dSLR makes me money, but film lets me be creative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegman View Post
    you can go into a chain photo lab and put your SD card into a machine and get prints, so you don't actually need to own a computer.
    Yes. That's why I wrote that it can be done with a memory card. However, most people who do that now will probably have owned (or still own) a film camera but were persuaded by the advertising that they had to go digital. They spent the money but ended up with an identical net result.

    Quote Originally Posted by thegman View Post
    Not sure about the USA, but in the UK.......
    I was writing about a UK perspective too but I expect it to be the same in most of the world.


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    I dunno about embarrassing. I was shooting the lunar totality the other week and got interviewed by ABC radio because the RZ looked kind of interesting/impressive. They didn't realise it was film though...

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    These days the real question I get, no kidding, is why am I using a dedicated camera at all? Why not just use an iPhone or Blackberry? Why carry a device that just takes pictures? Especially a big SLR, people think I am crazy for carrying a camera bag, multiple lenses or bodies. Single purpose devices seem perplexing these days. Why not just use your mobile? Because it takes crap pictures I say but if you're just going to put them on facebook then I get their point and see why quality wouldn't matter to them. Digital, throw-away world.

    Edit: I must say though, unless you want to develop your own film is pretty inconvenient these days so I do understand what they're saying but admitting you still use a darkroom must be like admitting you ride your horse to work.
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    First of all, each mode of photography has its uses. I still use film for my shooting because I enjoy film.

    When people try to draw me into debate I simply say " Film works better for me."

    Enough said.

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