I've lived in Japan for a few years, but in other Asian countries for about 10 years in total, now. So I didn't know that comparatively speaking things were pretty vibrant here. I'm in Nagoya, so there's only really some ma and pa stores here and Top Camera to go to for second hand gear... that I know of so far.
Originally Posted by sangetsu
In terms of using computers for everything, I tried once writing
down memories and information I require but after about 10 minutes I stopped, erased it and picked up a moleskine pocket journal, everything I've learned, studied, reviewed, Or thought about concerning
photography goes in them, I've filled up 6 so far and nothing beats having physical writing in a physical book that won't get deleted.
There's a lot of emotion in this thread, and much I can relate to.
But there's a lot of concrete reasons why film kicks ass. I can go on eBay with $100 or $200 and come back with a damn treasure trove of 35mm rangefinders with faster-than-f/2 lenses, Mamiya TLRs, and tack-sharp Minolta Rokkor-X lenses. The rangefinder is quieter, quicker, and shoots in lower light than any compact digi (load up Neopan 1600 in it and, if you can see it, you can shoot it), the Mamiya TLR gives better quality than any DSLR, and the Rokkor-X lenses give L glass a run for its money. Plus, I don't have to worry about my sensor being shit, or having poor dynamic range, or lots of noise... I can just buy a different film and see what suits me.
Film is just more fun, especially if you enjoy the process at ALL. I'm way more excited carrying Neopan 1600, Tri-X, Efke 25, Ektar 100 and Superia 400 than a digital because there's just so many possibilities there. Don't even get me started on doing your own developing and the flexibility there!
Last month I was in England for a week. My wife and son had digital p&s cameras. I had a Konica FT-1 with six lenses. I shot nine rolls of slide film and about five rolls of print film. The whole time I was there the only other person I saw with a film camera was someone with a disposable camera at Windsor Castle. What about Stonehenge, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Gherkin building, a boat ride on the Thames, Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the Tower Of London, the Royal Gardens at Kew, the Tower Bridge, St. Paul's church, Winchester Cathedral, Buckingham Palace? No film cameras in sight.
This week I got the following in for repair: (2) OM-1, OM-1N, OM-3, (2) OM-4Ti, 35sp. People still love their OMs. John
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Originally Posted by dynachrome
Could be mixing with tourists...eh
But I don't see many people with film cameras anymore.
It sounds like the Japanese have finally stopped buying camera equipment to decorate their bookshelves. This can only help us.
Originally Posted by IloveTLRs
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
Originally Posted by clayne
Good morning, Clayne;
It is nice to see that someone still thinks that cars are repairable. I can agree with you to a degree or limit.
In my experience in recent years, the automobile mechanics seem to be favoring "modular replacement" rather than "repair." If the field brushes in your alternator wear down, they replace the entire alternator; they do not repair the problem.
I admit that being an automobile "mechanic" is really not truly accurate with the modern cars. Now it seems that you must find an electronics technician with mechanical aptitude to keep the modern electronic whiz-bang carriages operational.
This concept of modular replacement is not limited to cars. In the traffic signal maintenance community, the trend seems to have become to favor modular replacement also, up to the point where entire repairable controllers using plug-in printed circuit boards are being thrown out, due in part to the recent technician's lack of understanding of why the controller works. I would have thought that they would at least try plugging in a spare printed circuit board, but the concept of "maintenance" seems to have achieved an unfathomable nadir.
Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington
When they ask you; "How many Mega Pixels you got in your camera?"
just tell them; "I use activated silver bromide crystals tor my image storage media."
What it feels like to me is a war on the "craftsman." Big business knows it costs money to employ people who have to use a brain to resolve issues. Rather than employ craftspeople and REAL technicians/engineers, they'd much rather pay cut-rate prices for robots to go out and swap things out. The heap of trash following it costs less to deal with than repairing things the "old" way.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.