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11-15-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Which Image Do You Prefer?

I have recently got into shooting film with a medium format camera. I still take my D600 with me and shoot many of the same landscapes with both and compare them after post processing the digital image and developing and scanning the film image.

I've been finding that I like many of the images I've been getting from my medium format film camera a little better than images I get from my D600, even though they are in B&W. Maybe it IS the B&W, or maybe it is because it is film. I don't know.

Here is one example. These two images were taken seconds apart, I much prefer the film image. How about you?

I still LOVE my D600, but the photos I'm getting from my medium format camera (which I bought for $150.00) might be winning me over to film.

Mamiya RB67 shot on Foma 100 and developed in Xtol at 1:1 Shot with a red filter.




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I like the color version of this particular scene. The bw just makes your eyes wander imo.

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I agree with Adam, usually what looks good in color can look even better in b&w (landscapes more than anything) but in this case I think the color version is better.
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I like the B and W better. Nicer tones than in the color photo.

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I like the image in color, but there is less haze in the B&W.
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I took some time and got the digital file as close as I could to the film image.

The digital image does look a little "cleaner", but the film image still adds something to me. Not sure what it is, could be just the fun of shooting/developing the film and having a new toy to play with

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QuoteOriginally posted by Colorado CJ Quote
I took some time and got the digital file as close as I could to the film image.

The digital image does look a little "cleaner", but the film image still adds something to me. Not sure what it is, could be just the fun of shooting/developing the film and having a new toy to play with

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Maybe you can try to pull the highlights back a bit on the digital b&w?.. I feel like they're too distracting imho, particularly the middle portion of the frame and the white clouds. The b&w film is less contrasty and feels smoother to me so I prefer that one.
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I pulled the highlights down some.

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To my eye Mamiya looks better. D600 pic highlights burned badly. That Mamiya is good cam, i had change to photo one roll few years ago. I did like those Mamiya pics so much. But exact focusing was difficult for me, anyway landscapes no big problem with focusing.
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I like the film shot more. There is something special in the BW film, the tonality and rendering is more balanced and feels more natural to me.
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So far as the original two posts...

The color one is "better". Only because the shadows are excessively muddy and unclear in the BW. Rather than making the pic dramatic it just makes it look gloomy, flat and one dimensional to my eye.

Nothing to do with being BW or color or format however just an exposure problem.

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I vote for the Mamiya shot better, whether it's against the colour or the B&W version of the D600
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D600 for me.
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the film one looks more like a painting (i.e., softer w/ more range)

If you want to replicate the look w/ the D600, do an HDR of a couple of shots, then add some noise to it or smooth it slightly and do this comparison again :-)
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