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    Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    When I was buying my new D5200, I mentioned to the sales rep that I am finally getting out of the "Film Camera" era. He looked at me and said not to quit using that camera (Nikon N50) because "you can do a lot of things with film that you can't do with digital". So my questions are: What can I do differently with film and would you buy a better lense for that camera at a cheap price and keep using it also?


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    Re: Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    You should have asked him what he can do with film that he thinks can't be done with digital... I'd like to hear that...
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    Re: Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    Maybe like spending all day trying to find some good film. Then spending a ton of money for it. Then spending all day shooting pictures. Then spending another day waiting for the film to processed after you spent all day driving to another town to find someone to process the film. Then spending a ton of money to process it.

    Only to find out you didn't have it loaded properly so you actually didn't make a single snap and the film is ruined because they tried to process it for you but there was nothing to process.

    Um yes film is pretty cool but I think that guy is sadly misinforming you and I know because I have shot a few hundred rolls of film the past few years.
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    Re: Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    Any lens you used on your N50 will work on your D5200 I'm pretty sure.

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    Re: Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    You should have asked him what he can do with film that he thinks can't be done with digital... I'd like to hear that...
    That makes two of us.

    I've worked in a dark room before. I've mixed chemicals and developed negatives; I've burned and dodged and enlarged and printed and you name it. Yes there's a lot you can learn from all that manual processing, it does make photography far more... I don't know the word I'm looking for... more visceral I suppose. But in my opinion, Behind-the-Counter dude is bordering on delusional. What did we "give up" by going to digital over film? A lot of effort and expense and smelly chemicals.

    Ask Behind-the-Counter dude to remove an annoying pole jutting out from behind a subjects head as if it was never there on a 35mm negative. What takes hours or days to do in a darkroom, you now do in minutes if not seconds, behind your PC.
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    Re: Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    I still use my film camera, in fact I use my old F-1 all the time. Besides being the worlds most expensive paper-weight, it also does a fine job gathering up dust on my bookshelf. Which is more than I can say for my N90 and N80's. They rarely see the light of day.

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    Re: Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    What you can do in digital post processing is amazing compared to what was possible in the old darkroom days. And I know what I'm talking about.

    Of course you could dodge and burn, but what about contrast control? There was no way you could change the contrast and saturation of just one part of the picture, change colour temperature on the fly, sharpen, blur, etc. I don't see where the advantage of film lies, really, I'm much happier to be spending some time in front of my iMac than I was in the dark.

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    Re: Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    PP is no big deal you all...most film is scanned and turned into digital files nowadays.

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    Re: Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eye-level View Post
    PP is no big deal you all...most film is scanned and turned into digital files nowadays.
    Which is exactly the point... If you're gonna scan and then post process from that point forward, why bother with the expense and tme delay getting to the digital scan of a film negative...
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    Re: Does Anybody Use Film Cameras Anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eye-level View Post
    Maybe like spending all day trying to find some good film. Then spending a ton of money for it. The spending all day shooting pictures. Then spending another day waiting for the film to processed after you spent all day driving to another town to find someone to process the film. Then spending a ton of money to process it.

    Only to find out you didn't have it loaded properly so you actually didn't make a single snap and the film is ruined because they tried to process it for you but there was nothing to process.

    Um yes film is pretty cool but I think that guy is sadly misinforming you and I know because I have shot a few hundred rolls of film the past few years.

    OMG . . . I had an old Canon AE-1, which I loved, but I remember taking shots to find that none came out. That's painful. It makes you want to say, "Forget this hobby. I'm done!" I am soooo thankful for digital.
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