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So Glad I Went Digital!

conrad > conrad Blog > So Glad I Went Digital!
15/04/2009 - 11:46 AM

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Pete's 'When' blog made me think about cameras I used to have.

Before my 20D, my cameras were film models, ranging from a folding Agfa camera which I hated, to a Keystone instamatic camera, several film SLR models, even an APS film SLR, and a very portable Rollei 35b, which I loved (until it started to tear up my films and I sold it).

One thing I didn't like about using film, was that I would pay more for shots I didn't like than for the ones I did like, because not enough of them were 'keepers'. The great thing with digital photos is that you can delete them without any thought of cost - I know, there is, of course, the wear and tear of your kit, but apart from that it doesn't really cost anything to take photos that you decide to delete later.

And I absolutely love the instant feedback and the quick ways of getting the photos where and how I want them.

I used to print my own black and white pictures, but I love how PhotoShop doesn't require working in the dark and it doesn't smell of chemicals.

All in all, going digital has been great.

Tags: Advantages, Cost, Digital, Fast, Feedback, Going, Instant, No chemicals, No darkroom, Photoshop, Quick


JJGEE  106527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2009 - 9:39 PM

Was going digital instant gladness or did it take a period of time ?

After 25 years of Medium Format ( 120 format film size) I bought a digital camera at the end of February and at the moment not enjoying it as I'm concentrating too much on how to use the camera and it's features and not the photography.

Oh, downloading the images from a card to the computer does not yet have the same buzz has pulling a roll of film out of the developing tank after an hour of messing around with chemicals / water rinses and hanging up to dry !

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conrad  1110882 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2009 - 8:49 AM

It was pretty much instant for me, Jeff, but I had a few advantages in comparison with you: The step from film SLR models to a DSLR wasn't too big, so I only had the digital concept to deal with, and my wife already owned a DSLR when I bought one, and she's great with Photoshop, so I had all the help I needed in-house.

I can imagine that coming from medium format to digital is quite another thing!

riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2009 - 4:03 PM

I shoot more Film now than I did before I had a digital camera... but now it is for a choice and I also develop all the films I shoot, whereas I have 20 or so undeveloped films from before I went digital!

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