Quote Originally Posted by FotoFunfDreissig View Post
I agree, content/composition is way more important than image quality. Some of my favourite pictures are ones taken with disposables or similar. Nostalgia also, is a powerful thing, I reckon it is a large factor of why so many of us still use film myself included.
David - Sorry for hijacking your thread.

I find it interesting that you mention Japan. When they first started producing and shipping cars out of their domestic market, not many people bought them. The few that did, soon found that rather than being rusty buckets of flimsy metal, they were actually really well engineered, reliable and comparatively well priced. More and more started to realise, and Japan quickly became the fastest growing automotive industry in the world.

The same thing is happening in Korea, just look at the quality of a modern Kia or Hyundai these days, especially when compared to the stuff they made ten years ago. They have caught up to everyone else and are releasing on par. The same thing will happen with China. They are currently making things on par with the early 80s domestic cars from japan, using borrowed or copied hardware. but just see how quickly they evolve into being leaders.

It's not just nostalgia. About 2 or three years ago, I looked into what it would cost to replace my late 60s/early 70s Nikon gear with digital capable of delivering comparable quality - two bodies, six lenses, darkroom stuff, all costing in the neighborhood of $1000. The digital replacement - including a top grade printer and a computer capable of running the latest PS, all the software etc. came out to costing as much as a medium price car. To add medium format, another car. For my 4x5 and 8x10 cameras, there is no digital replacement available at any price. So for me, film not only does things digital cannot do, it does it with comparable-to- hugely-better quality at 1/30 the price of the 35mm equivalent.

There's also the learning curve, I've used PS enough to know it is not and never will be a joy for me to use, unlike darkroom work. And digital does not result in a hand-crafted product (such as a mounted contact print from an 8x10 negative).