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01-19-2008, 06:27 PM   #1
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go digital? or expand lens arsenal?

Hello,
New to the forum, so hope ime not asking an overasked question here...
Iím torn between upgrading to Pentax's K10 10.2MP DSLR from my ZX-L or buying the smc 77mm f/1.8. Iíve already got a 50mm f/1.4 and 28-80mm 3.5-5.6 zoom. What would you do?

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Go digital!
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go digital. think of the money you save on film and development.
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go digital. think of the money you save on film and development.
thats a major factor in my decision. But the lens is sooo tempting!

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I live blissfully in both worlds. Digi is fast with a generous helping of instant gratification while film is traditional and fun! With fine grained films and a good scanner you can achieve more than 10.2 mp of resolution. A 24mm X 36mm film scanned at 4000 dpi will give a resolution of about 20 mega pixels.

Hey - do what ever you want to do. I refuse to submit to that kind of internal competition so I carry both film and digi around with me.

Apparently there is a new model coming out soon so the K10D should come down in price; then you can afford the 77mm f1.8 and the camera!
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It's a really difficult choice. If I were faced with that decision, i'd probably go digital, but only because the film and development costs are a bit high in my country.
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A tough call. Film has it's place as Jeff has said. But if you can get a digital now and save the developing costs, you should be able to save those towards the lens. But I wouldn't sell the 35mm just yet.
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A tough call. Film has it's place as Jeff has said. But if you can get a digital now and save the developing costs, you should be able to save those towards the lens. But I wouldn't sell the 35mm just yet.
oh no, I wasnt even considering selling my film slr. I love film, its just that its not a really a commercial format anymore. People demand faster results, thats really the only reason ime considering the K10d.

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I got my first roll of film developed today from a Super Program I recently bought. It's fun to get back into film but if I had to make a choice between the two it would be digital in a heartbeat. I love tweaking my files after I take them, film pictures are cool but as I look at them I want to alter the exposure just a tad, etc. Setting white balance is a breeze, especially if you shoot raw. There is so much you can do with the digital files. If I could take the viewfinder from the Super Program and glue it into the K10D, we would have the perfect world:-). The shake reduction in the K10D is awesome, also.
I'm going to try again scanning these pictures or the negatives and see what I can come up with but I don't want to spend the big bucks on a really good scanner, there are more lenses to buy.
I'd recommend going digital then saving up for your 77limited.
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Thanks for the advice everyone, ime 99% positive that ile be purchasing the K10D.
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Good choice, don't think anyone mentioned it, but your 50mm f/1.4 would provide a similar FOV as the 77mm would provide on your film camera.
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A little perspective...

Since switching to digital in 2006, I went back and counted the number of photos taken over 1 year - around 7-8 thousand images.

Had I used film, it would have cost me over $3K in developing fees... I bought a beautiful FA* 300/2.8 with the savings instead. It was used, but in mint condition at over $2800.

That changed my opinion of digital! The flexibility and cost savings changed everything, including my learning curve - which has been must faster with digital. I've saved at least a couple of years of learning using digital.

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The flexibility and cost savings changed everything, including my learning curve - which has been must faster with digital. I've saved at least a couple of years of learning using digital.
I would have to second this. I have learned so much more, faster than I would have with film. Mostly from the instant results, being able to correct and re-shoot right away.
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Digital will help you learn much more because of the instant feedbacks . Film still gives you some "what if ?" in your soul .

Go to the store and just try it out . K10D is a great machine for its price . Not to mention it's an "exotic" rare camera . I haven't seen one Pentax DSLR in my two years shooting digital .
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Digital. Then spend the money you'll save on film and processing on expanding your lens arsenal.
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