Odd place to put a first post but I'll go for it.
I've been shooting film since I was a kid and my grandmother showed me how to use a Yashica A. I wish I still had that camera. I learned how to use an AE-1 next. Wish I still had that one too. Unfortunately the Canon got stolen in Frankfurt and the Yashica got gotten by an uncle after Grandma passed away.
I'm a dabbling amateur these days. I've got a Maxxum 50 for most things and I drag out a Zenit ET when I am feeling like a real Luddite. I've got drawers full of 110's, and even a couple of 110 SLRs. . . filled two shelves of the freezer with 110 when it went bye-bye a few years back.
Still, I use digital at work and can't imagine using film for that (I'm a cop) and I picked up a little point and shoot 8mp Kodak for that. . . photographing the location of recovered property/evidence, photos of assaults, wrecks and the like. Prior to digital, patrol officers would shoot all their pictures on one roll of film until it was full and then send it off the the (former) mini lab down the block. There would be much mirth and amusement when the photos came back and everyone had to figure out who's was who's and just what was what in the prints. Plus you had to slice up the negatives for evidence as they were the evidence. With digital, the unadulterated file becomes the original when it is burned to a CD-R. No wait, no lab, no dissemination of possibly sensitive information outside the department. If I need prints to give to the DA, I print it at the computer when I burn the CD.
By that same standard, if I am shooting for myself, there is no other medium I'd choose than film. Film makes me think about what I am doing, engage the artistic side of my brain, and slow down. The exact opposite of what I need to do at work! Plus, after loosing two hard drives, I'm less than thrilled about the archival capability of JPEGS. Shoe boxes don't crash. Also, after finding an exposed ten year old roll of AAFES house brand film in my very non climate controlled attic a few years back, I was very impressed at just how normal the prints turned out. A little hybrid processing and PS fixed the purple cast and rescued very cool jump photos. I've had SD cards croak from being mailed, let alone being stored in a moth ridden attic in the South for most of a decade.
On a side note,our traffic unit just dropped $3000 of federal grant money on a digital Nikon kit and it took the better part of a day for them to figure out how to review the photos on the LCD screen. . .
Last of all, as many have pointed out on the Internet, DSLRs go obsolete nearly as fast as computers do (having the life span of mayflies), but the negative from my camera (that bargain basement Minolta, purchased on sale for $80) can be printed and enlarged traditionally, printed at home on my all in one, or scanned on a drum scanner and give like "pixel for pixel" quality to cameras that currently cost a minimum of bout 33 times as much.
I laugh at people that say their digital camera saves them money.
I'll keep shooting film till they quit making making it and the last lab dries up. Personally I'm hoping to take a nice drive up the Blue Ridge parkway this fall to use my last roll of Kodachrome 64 hiding in the freezer. Hoping for a few keepers from that.
Last edited by Surat; 08-24-2009 at 02:09 AM. Click to view previous post history.