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    why shoot 35mm film

    i would like everyone opinions as to why i should shoot 35mm (slr) film over a digicam (5.2mp with full manual features).
    as many opinions as possible please !!!!!
    thanks for the help scott.

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    Well...the primary reason to shoot 35 mm instead of the digital alternative is if you like film. People will argue until everybody is blue in the face, but really it is just a question of whether the nature of the work or some characteristic of the image is more satisfactory to the photographer.

    So...do you want to? Do you like film? If the answer to either of these is no, are you expecting somebody here to be able to convince you that you like or want it after all? If digital is calling your name, I don't see how this thread is going to change your mind. If it isn't, why spend any time worrying about it?

    As for me...I shoot 120. But I also shoot 35 mm. In my case I shoot 35 because it fits in my Widelux!...which is absolutely worth the headache of handling 35 mm instead of 120 in the darkroom.

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    Scott since this is a forum dedicated to film photography it's not the best place to get unbiased opinions as to the relative merits of the two mediums.

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    The 8x10" camera isn't suited to all subjects, so sometimes it's necessary to use a smaller format, like 35mm.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
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    Do you gasp with pleasure at the sight of emulsion based imagery more often than you do that of digital?

    Do you think you will find yourself in a professional environment requiring of you to shoot strictly one or the other?

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    hi scott -

    do you remember the feeling you got
    when you saw gifts and you didn't get
    to open them until it was "time to open them" ?

    that is kind of like film v. digital to me.

    yes, i have a very expensive dslr that i use for work, and i have film based cameras too. i like anticipation of making exposures and then having to wait until i process the film to see if "anything came out" ... i know it sounds weird. its the same kind of feeling when i expose paper and stand there rocking+staring at the tray of developer ... its alchemy. i also like being able to manipulate film and printing a way that it would be hard to manage on a computer.

    not to mention - i had film from the turn of last century i could have still made prints from if i wanted to, unfortunately i have files from less than 20 years ago that i can't even open.

    good luck!

    -john

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    The 'gelatin silver print' we make is very different in response and presence than ink jet, etc.

    The tonal range of film is vastly greater than any chip.

    You don't have to sit in a chair and acquire an immense butt when you do film.

    A 35mm 400 speed B&W film is easily capable ( one you believe it IS capable ) of making 10x enlargements of surpassing power, beauty, and grace. Easily. Consistently.
    And compared to the system cost of digital, cheaply.

    It is FUN.
    "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid,
    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

    -Bertrand Russell

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    some great responses already i am feeling the same ,i have a digital but keep going back and picking up my slr 35mm camera and it still feels better and when i look through the viewfinder wow !!!!!!!!

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    Shoot FILM. Because it's BETTER.

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    This thread isn't about 35mm, but I think it speaks to the question--

    http://8mmforum.film-tech.com/ubb/ul...c;f=1;t=001785
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
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