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View Poll Results: What's your age group and what are you predominantly using?
<20, predominantly film 12 1.86%
<20, predominantly digital 3 0.46%
20-29, predominantly film 89 13.78%
20-29, predominantly digital 23 3.56%
30-39, predominantly film 103 15.94%
30-39, predominantly digital 33 5.11%
40-49, predominantly film 87 13.47%
40-49, predominantly digital 44 6.81%
50-59, predominantly film 73 11.30%
50-59, predominantly digital 49 7.59%
>60, predominantly film 59 9.13%
>60, predominantly digital 71 10.99%
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Old 09-23-2012   #1
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film or digital and age

Is film or digital usage related to age here at RFF? Are the younger ones using predominantly digital and the older ones predominantly film or is it the other way round? Or event totally different? Let's find out!
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Old 09-23-2012   #2
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I am 24 and I am using film. In my photographic "career" I used digital only cca 6 months.
B&W film has better dynamic range than digital and that is main reason why I am using it.

Now I am looking for some digital camera with great BW DR but it is hard to find... :/
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Sure, there is likely a positive correlation between an older age and higher film use because that's what us old guys were brought up on, and vice versa. However, there are many old guys switching over to digital, and some young ones trying out film.
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I might be one of the 'older brigade' here on RFF!

I feel an urge to use film until .......I realise the time and effort needed to just set-up the processing needed let alone doing it. And waiting for a roll to be taken, sent off, and returned, doesn't give me the satisfaction (or otherwise) of seeing the results in the evening that I took them. So I guess it's really convenience and immediancy that takes me to digital.

I know the results even from film will never be quite as I imagined the scene I photographed, so what really matters to me is the picture I subsequently produce. Interestingly I still have a film outlook where every single shot needed to be so carefully considered because of the costs involved for a poor student and then low earner. It is a digital luxury to be able to take a second or third shot of a subject, and I find I still don't. But now I do take more 'risky' shots.

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Interestingly I still have a film outlook where every single shot needed to be so carefully considered because of the costs involved for a poor student and then low earner. It is a digital luxury to be able to take a second or third shot of a subject, and I find I still don't. But now I do take more 'risky' shots.

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That's where I am. I'd love to shoot more film. I'd love to do that until there comes a point where I just can't find film that interests me.
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Old 09-23-2012   #6
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Well I'm 41 mostly digital with some film for fun. My film use is likely to increase though as I enjoy B&W film much more than digital B&W. I am intending to try to make the most of B&W film while it is still easily available and reasonably priced so I will look to use digital much less.
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What is truly surprising is that (as of this moment) the only age category that is 'primarily digital' is > 60!

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I'm about to be 50, I shoot perhaps a little more film than digital these days, but not a lot more at all.

I've been contemplating the MM, but would miss the darkroom too much. A lot of investigation into the available digital enlargers has convinced me it's not time yet.
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interesting results so far... highest film use is with 20-29, I wonder if that will hold?
I'm in the 50-59 tier and I shoot more digital images but spend a lot more time(and enery) with film.
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Right now, I am predominantly film. My film/ digital balance swings back and forth though, with strong spells of either, and 50/50 over time would be a fairer reflection.
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Old 09-23-2012   #11
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Digital if I have to.... but film is the only reason I'm on this forum. Love it!
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WOW IM THE 1 PERCENT YAAY <20, predominantly film 1 1.43%
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Old 09-23-2012   #13
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40 and mostly digital (but not exclusively). Funny that my fallback to film has started in my 40s (just wonder if it signals anything).
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I'm in the most mature group and although I voted "film," I also use digital almost half the time.
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This is shaping up to be pretty interesting!
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WOW IM THE 1 PERCENT YAAY <20, predominantly film 1 1.43%
That's two of us, except I'm 67.
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Old 09-23-2012   #17
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I'm 42, and usage is working out to be roughly 50:50.
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Old 09-23-2012   #18
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At this point the old group (including me) is primarily film--no surprise there; I entered adult life before the digital age, before PCs were a part of everyday life. Among those 40-60 digital use by percentage is mush higher; this is the generation that came of age with computer technologies. But those in the 20-40 age group who take computers for granted have shifted back to film. They are choosing film over digital. A wonderful sign! Of course, this poll is hardly a scientific study.
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After more than 30 years of darkroom work, for a stretch of time paid to do it (used to do catalogue photography for an in-house design department of a manufacturer) -- my lab is packed up and will shortly be donated to a local photographer.

I was shooting almost all film just a couple of years ago but was progressively less active with each passing year. I didn't hold on to film that long because I'm a luddite; in fact I've been in the IT industry for a long time now. It just took me a while to adopt digital photography, partly because I had to let go of my own preconceived notions of stepping down from medium format. That in hindsight I see as a mistake for me.

I'm 51, now working with an all digital process and have no regrets as I'm having as much fun and enjoyment as ever. This year I'll even embrace... egads, autofocus.
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i love autofocus...


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Im 29 and shoot only film.
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Because of Lomography lot's of young people use film. I have found many young photographers who start out using digital at least look into what film is all about. Many get into using both. There are many film groups on flickr.
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66 year old and "predominately film".
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I shoot entirely film and I am 36.

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Old 09-23-2012   #25
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If this poll represents a typical cross section of members then it's results are surprising to me. In every single age group film use is higher than digital use.

I wonder if, perhaps there really are, among RFF subscribers more predominately digital users but they are not voting on the poll.

I'm 63 and use film at least 90% of the time.

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One of the better polls with interesting results so far -at least to me.

At 47 and after a resurgence of film in my diet, I have sadly resolved to go back to the future and digital most of the time.
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... well it seems discriminatory to .... picking on young folk like this


... anyway; what's this predominately digital thing anyway?
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i love autofocus...


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So do I.
Love film and the cameras but digital is much more convenient for the majority of the "sports" stuff that I do.

Going to have to bite the bullet and get a DSLR this year....but I say that every year.
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The poll result (at the moment only the older generation are marginaly more digital) probably reflects the bias of RFF. I'd say RFF users comprise film fans and old style camera fans (or both). The older generation grew up with those and the manner of taking photographs it requires but can see the advantages of digital. The younger generation on RFF wouldn't be here unless they had some penchant for doing things the old way.

Me, 58, bought my first digital P&S in 2005, but kept to film for taking proper photographs. Since I got the X100 I'm digital only, I cant be bothered with all the processing etc. Most of my work is for the web, I can have a photobook printed of my best work for no more than the cost of processing a couple of rolls.
And I am gradually adapting to having unlimited exposures, rather than making every one count because of the expense. I took over 10,000 this summer, more than I have ever taken in the past 50 years. About five thousand were of one six-day event. Allow, for all the failed experiments —which I would never have attempted if paying for film— and allow also that much of the time I am bracketing for something; if not the exposure then the framing or that elusive moment. Even so, there were over a 1,000 images to consider, and about a hundred to include in a photo album composed as a thank-you to those involved.
For me digital is now good enough in terms of image quality, cheaper, more convnient, and has given my interest in photography a fresh life.
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27 and I only shoot film. I sometimes post on instgram but that's about it for digital.

Also, I think that this is not a very good representation of the general population and so the poll is skewed more towards film use.

Ask more general forums the same questions and I would bet more people shoot digital. It's only on rangefinderforum that you get more film users than digital (just look at the classifieds and threads on here).
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I"m 61, and I voted "predominantly digital", although that is changing, and I am shooting more film recently than I have in several years, probably more film than digital for the past month. Having just got a Hasselblad 500 CM with three nice Zeiss lenses, I'll probably be doing even more. Once my darkroom is built, it could easily tip decisively in favor or film. I'm basically a black and white photographer, and the b+w photos from my E-M5 are quite good. I'm a better darkroom technician than digital technician, though, and there's an awful lot to say in favor of doing what you know.
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Sure, there is likely a positive correlation between an older age and higher film use because that's what us old guys were brought up on, and vice versa. However, there are many old guys switching over to digital, and some young ones trying out film.
The correlation seems to be that the young favor film by a wider margin than do oldsters. However I suspect the sample is highly film skewed, being taken here on RFF.
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That's two of us, except I'm 67.
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Digital capture for business with a little B&W film sprinkled in for good measure.

Making more & more photographs with B&W film, especially since purchasing Leica equipment.
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Sorry that's just how we hip youngsters talk/type these days...

Anyway what I meant to say was I am in the 1 percent group and he is not because 60 and over film users are 12 percent.

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I voted "Mostly Digital", which is true. But, when I was a young lad, (15 or so, it was film 100%.... That's all we had)

I now try to shoot around 5-10 rolls a month with home developing. (That's how I got stated.... My Dad built a full darkroom for me and him).
But, my as my eyes get older, AF is a blessing with my Digital... unless I use an adapted lens.

Although I have Full MF 35mm camera, I use Wides more with that so the DOF can save my mis-focus.
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Because of Lomography lot's of young people use film. I have found many young photographers who start out using digital at least look into what film is all about. Many get into using both. There are many film groups on flickr.
I'm 28...use only film....no lomo.
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Still shoot digital if required but my heart lies with film.
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I'm 24 and about 4 months ago switched from completly Digital D7000 to Film Zeiss Ikon ZI and happy with the choise.
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