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08-19-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Film : is not dead yet!

I found this interesting video in CNN about film and analog photography.
Very interesting.
Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com

08-19-2011, 10:50 AM   #2
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it's a lot more widespread than NYC, lot's of vibrant film communities out there (including a whack of us on the forum)

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My goodness, I have that camera - silver body though, and it does smell funny.
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There are whole forums devoted to using old cameras and film. Classic Camera Forum, APUG, MFL and they're actually pretty busy forums, more so than you'd think. Film's definitely not dead, but it has become rather a niche market thing. I don't think it's going to really die, but I do think that eventually it's going to be seen as somewhat of an artsy retro thing that some photographers do for fun, rather than as a mainstream thing.

It took my one teacher quite a while to embrace digital actually. He was quite opposed for a long time to giving up film for his work, but even he is now using a DSLR. He still uses film for larger format work, for his own personal stuff sometimes, but ever since the advent of the photoshop filters that mimic old films he's really gotten into using them and doing a lot of the film effects stuff on the computer.

I still use a mix of both, but mostly I shoot digital these days. The one thing I refused to do though when learning from either teacher was learning to do developing. I do have a chemical sensitivity thing but also I have zero interest in learning to develop my own film unless it gets to the point where there aren't any local labs. The only "darkroom" set up I want is photoshop, my negatives and a scanner or two and I am not likely to relent on that set up unless it gets to the point where getting any developing done locally is impossible. I'd much rather pay $3-4 a roll to get my negatives done outside my home than mess around with chemicals and the like.

Honestly, for what I do film is pretty redundant at this point. But I still like using my Spotties and my FRI and they don't have digital capacity, so there you go. It's mostly a matter of nostalgia, but it's also a matter of personal safety too. There are not too many interesting places left to shoot around here that I feel safe taking my K-x along. No one even hardly looks at Queenie or Fenris (the FRI) by if I take the K-x along? All of a sudden I am very popular.

Retro cameras they don't seem to excite wanna be thieves as much as the DSLR's do. The only people who get into my retro cameras are other arty people who happen to like retro cameras. I can walk around with my film cameras all day long and no one cares. Don't get me wrong I love my K-x and I do take it to places I deem safe to, but it's a fact that Queenie and Fenris can go almost anywhere in my town, and that's just not the case with my K-x, not if I want to keep it anyway...

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yep, it is not dead at all. I am scanning now my negatives from paris to make a photo book out of them. Last time I was in Paris was in june for a weekend. I left my K-7 at home and just took the MZ-S and B&W film. Had lot of fun, and have to say, the percentage of good photo's is much higher than when I shoot digital (or maybe it is just me and Paris that it is a good combination)

but I also have rolls developed and scan them in. But that has also to do with the fact that I am lacking a darkroom at the moment
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Here in the Portland area, the film scene is quite lively and it is not unusual to see people around town doing film shoots. That is great for me because it means that film is locally available as are several choices for quality processing.


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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
and it does smell funny.
I loaded the FED-2 with Ferrania this morning...smells VERY funny...


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Film is most definitely not dead, for the price of a roll of Ektar you can turn any old 35mm into something capable of competing with (and in some areas exceeding) the performance of Full frame digital.
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QuoteOriginally posted by magkelly Quote
There are not too many interesting places left to shoot around here that I feel safe taking my K-x along. No one even hardly looks at Queenie or Fenris (the FRI) by if I take the K-x along? All of a sudden I am very popular.
I'm thinking in getting my ME fixed for exactly that reason: I can hang it on my neck and go around all city spots and dark alleys without being bothered. As soon as you take a digital out, it seems all eyes turn to you and people think you are some kind of pro.
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Had this thing close to 25 years,still dont feel Ive amortized the cost.
Been able to process wide arrary of film and print materials.
Films from 135,127 on up to 8 x 10 inch from view camera of friend.
Both B/W and color.C41,E4,E6
Prints up to 16 x 20 inch.Never gets old
Have rubber gaunlets,apron,and a vented space to ENSURE safety.Wear safety
glasses when mixing,pouring ALWAYS.
Had digital cameras for about 6 years now,2 with pentax DSLR.Love the technology.
Im a gear head no doudt.Love watching the technology advance.Been employed
in electrical industry 37 years,photons are freely exchanged everywhere.
Photograpy's marketing sucks eggs!
To the point were I dont care if I ever buy another DSLR.
Ill have analog technology now and forever.Take everything away and
Im still going to be able to aquire a few basic chemicals,
whip up a batch of liquid emulsion and repeat my mantra..."Marketing sucks eggs"
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I like film's latitude . . .



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Interesting video, though anyone reading this thread already knows film is not dead! (It’s the folks on this forum that never shoot film and the general public that would benefit from seeing it)

As Steve mentioned the Pacific North West is a heaven for film users.


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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
My goodness, I have that camera - silver body though, and it does smell funny.
I've a FEd 4 and FEd 5, and a kiev lol
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I was given a Cambo 4x5 a while back. It's a nice complement to my Tachihara.
My plan is to build another darkroom this winter and start shooting 4x5 again.
I love film.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
I was given a Cambo 4x5 a while back. It's a nice complement to my Tachihara.
My plan is to build another darkroom this winter and start shooting 4x5 again.
I love film.
Lucky man, i'm lusting after a 4x5 myself, but haven't found the right deal yet
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