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Old days of film...

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 10:15PM
How many people miss using film? I remember when i used to go buy a couple of rolls of film and go home and be really excited loading it into the camera, the smell of the emulsion was gorgeous, then waiting to get your slides back in the mail....oooh!

i am going to get a Roll just for nostalgia reasons sometime.


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keith selmes 14 7.3k 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 10:19PM
Good point. I don't think I've used any film since christmas.
Probably do some next week.
Paul Morgan 16 19.1k 6 England
27 Apr 2009 10:30PM
Got through 3 rolls over the weekend Smile
cameraman 15 227 1 England
27 Apr 2009 10:36PM
I have not used film at all since I bought my first digital camera in 1999. Don't miss it at all. Don't miss waiting for slides to be processed. Or spending hours in my darkroom.
I am very happy with my digital set-up.
fauxtography 12 6.6k 36
27 Apr 2009 10:51PM
Miss it? Nah. as i still use it when I want to... razzed through 20 polaroid shots on Sunday.. sat wafting bits of emulsion around waiting for it to develop...who misses the 70s? Wink

Must admit though, i do love the smell of a freshly opened film cannister...(in the morning)
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
27 Apr 2009 11:15PM
I don't miss it at all. I've never stopped using it.
Morpyre Plus
13 1.6k 8 Wales
27 Apr 2009 11:54PM
i would use film if the opportunity arose and i still love the idea of regularly working in a darkroom but i definitely prefer digital for the convenience and lack of cost - a memory card full of hundreds of photo's and several hours in photoshop gives me as much if not more thrills than the good ol days of film - i love both but for now use digital because it has advantages - im impatient and presently film duration is too long Grin
Morpyre Plus
13 1.6k 8 Wales
27 Apr 2009 11:55PM
thing is aswell that whether using film or digital the thing i am aiming for is a great photograph - whichever provides that for me i am happy to use Grin
jimthistle73 14 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 12:02AM
Nothing like the anxious rocking of a sheet of 20x16 in a red light, if only for the thought that it's gonna cost you if it's not perfect..... But, yes, I suppose there's a similar thrill to waiting by a printer to see if the colour's are the same as the on screen version!

Six rolls this month (sun came out!) but must admit, haven't got round to devving them yet.
riggwelter 11 165 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 12:43AM
Film is becoming a specialist hobby - Like Super8/16mm etc in the video world.

Probably a bad example but I am sure you know what I mean.

I do still remember the smell and the feeling when the image appeared during developing and I would love to have a go at it again sometime.

Just as a hobby though.

Of course I am thinking Black and White, the whole photography world changed when that colour stuff came out!

joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
28 Apr 2009 8:06AM
I still use film (although I shall soon be acquiring my first DSLR) and will continue to work with 5x4 - possibly 645, too.

There's a perception, mainly in the fine-art community, that images shot on film (specifically with LF gear) have a greater intrinsic value, due to the care demanded when shooting, than those from digital cameras. So sticking with film could even pay off in the long run....

It's also a whole lot more fun than digital. Can't think of anything worse than processing a couple of hundred images per shoot in PS. My RSI is bad enough as it is. Sad
Morpyre Plus
13 1.6k 8 Wales
28 Apr 2009 8:51AM
i'm going to patent the idea of an air freshener for photographers that smells of the scent of a traditional darkroom - then while sitting at the pc processing things in photoshop it can have some feel of the ways of old Grin

i have heard it said before that people think digital photography is too easy compared to film to get guarenteed great shots on site because of having the view screen on the camera but i have had a number of occasions when i fill a memory card with photographs that i believe are all sharp and toned how i wanted and then come back to my pc to check the images large sized and discover that pretty much every shot is blurred or at fault for some reason or another so can be just as risk filled as coming home to process a film in a dark room.

i have yet to see any difference between using film compared to using digital.

peter "morpyre" turner
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
28 Apr 2009 10:01AM

Quote:i have yet to see any difference between using film compared to using digital.

I take it you've never tried large format? Wink
mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
28 Apr 2009 10:04AM
I've got a box of outdated films if anyone in the Northwest wants to pick them up from Warrington.

Mainly 19 rolls of 120 Ilford Delta ( 100 iso ) - dated 2004
Couple of colour neg and transparency rolls 120
and two boxes of 5x4 Provia dated 1997-98 ( one unopened ) Smile
( and a Sinar f2 if anyone wishes to buy it to use the free film ) Smile

PM if you want to pick up the films - otherwise it's the wheelybin that gets 'em!
f8 14 9.2k 22 England
28 Apr 2009 10:17AM
Bet you get a Negative response Wink

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