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    Hello from "sunny" Devon!

    Hi,

    Went and took some pictures yesterday on the Hoe in Plymouth, in a howling gale. I went with a friend who took his digital camera, I took my FM3A and 45mm lens and a roll of 400 Tmax. I've been out of photography for quite a while, but I've been thinking of starting again. Had the FM3A for about 4 years or so, used it about 3 times (criminal I know).

    Anyway, I went and looked at a D300 digital the other day in a camera shop. I've been seriously considering "going digital" with a DSLR, fancy inkjet, photoshop etc, but something about the whole digital thing just doesn't feel right. There's no denying the D300 is a superb bit of kit, and I don't doubt that it takes a nice picture, but, in comparison with the FM3, it's HUGE. I find all the junk loaded onto modern cameras - the gazillion modes, AF stuff, 3 million buttons, dials etc etc and a 400 page manual - to be slightly depressing. Do we really need all this stuff?

    So, I've discarded the idea of digital for the moment, instead I will build up a modest darkroom from cheap kit off ebay. I can re-buy all the stuff I sold 12 years ago at a fraction of the price!

    What really made my mind up was watching my mate yesterday with his digital. He took better than 150 pictures (I took about 15), and he spent forever fiddling to swap "modes" for different scenes, then the AF wouldn't focus where he wanted it, then the battery started to die - you've probably heard this before :-) Contrast this with the simplicity of metering off the tarmac or some grass, clicking the shutter speed up or down a bit and pressing the button. The only thing he had going for him was that he could view or print his pictures when we got back.

    I'm going to stick with film

    Cheers,
    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazy Gun View Post
    I'm going to stick with film
    Good plan!

    Welcome from the Isle of Wight.



    Steve.
    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    Welcome from Middle England. You made the right choice.
    Regards Dave.

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    Good thinking, films been around for over 100 years and is here to stay

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    Welcome - from the other side of the pond.

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    Hi Paul, welcome from East Anglia.
    Steve

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    Well it was peeing down yesterday in Kingsbridge but amazingly the sun has now come out. Still windy enough to blow a tinker off his missus though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob champagne View Post
    windy enough to blow a tinker off his missus


    That's a traditional Devon saying then?

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    Hi Paul,
    from further down the road in Cornwall.
    You stick with that FM3 !

    Bill

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    Welcome from the frozen Canadian prairies. [-28c this mornning ]
    "While you're out there smashing the state, don't forget to keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!"

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