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View Poll Results: What best describes your photography?
80-100% digital 142 18.00%
80-100% film 281 35.61%
both film and digital 286 36.25%
hybred: film with digital printing 80 10.14%
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Film and/or digital: Where do you stand?
Old 09-15-2010   #1
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Film and/or digital: Where do you stand?

So let's kick off this new forum with a poll: Where do you stand?
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Old 09-15-2010   #2
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Sure, I'll take film's side on this one.

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Old 09-15-2010   #3
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I find myself straddling the line... I like digital for color, film for B&W.
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I would say I stand on both.

Its kind of late at night, but I am willing to spare another hour with a bowl of popcorn to enjoy the show.

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Hey Frank, I think I am 99.9% film. A very strong preference for film. But I have no ax to grind against digital; it is just not the look for me. Accordingly I will use film, develop it myself and wet print, until it is no longer feasible to do so.
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Hybrid ... 99% film (1% is the occasional Iphone shot) but all printing is digital (after scanning the film). I still have my enlarger and some other parts needed but no space / time to set it up ...
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slide for serious work, neg for casual shot, 10-20% digital for simply snap shot ...
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Old 09-15-2010   #10
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All my film cameras take film...guess I'm 100% film user...
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I shoot almost all film but process it, right now, mostly via a scanner. However, I intend to start using a public dark room soon and doing real printing again.

I have a fairly nice p&s digital - a Canon A590IS - but I really only use it for "for sale" ads.
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Old 09-15-2010   #13
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100% film (b&w), which may change as I would like to shoot colour at times too. The availability of an affordable and compact digital camera with both a viewfinder and manual controls will decide when that becomes a reality. I see myself being 80% film, and 20% digital then.
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I've been nearly all digital the past couple of years, but I'm feeling the urge to get out the medium-format gear and start reducing the stash of film aging in the fridge...
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Old 09-15-2010   #15
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Film for me and occasionally for money ... digital for money!

My D700 along with Zeiss glass is changing that balance slightly though ... more so than my M8 ever did!
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Digital mostly, but having more and more fun with film (again)
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Old 09-16-2010   #17
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I totally see why people shoot digital, nothing against it, in some circumstances I found myself thinking " a big fast DSLR would have been better here". But as someone who grew up with computers and digital, film is interesting, and there is a "look" often which is pleasing to the eye.

I love how you can change out the "sensor" every 10 shots (on my Mamiya) and put in one tuned for amazing colour, infrared, extreme resolution, or whatever you want.

A lot can be achieved in Photoshop of course, but not everything, and I use computers enough as it is.
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Old 09-16-2010   #18
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Shot my first roll of film in 1962 and made my first digital image in 1981. I have not shot a roll of film for work since 1990, scientific and technical photography.

I've used film for personal work for the most part up until last year when Kodak folded its film processing service. Since then, picked up an M8 and a pair of EP2's, shoot 75% digital and 25% film.
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Old 09-16-2010   #19
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Both film and digital here and equally terrible at both, as long as I'm having fun though it doesn't matter to me. After all, it's just a hobby for me.
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Where I stand.

I'll be out standing in my field while y'all go down this road...
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Old 09-16-2010   #21
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Digital for work and now I have the M8, M2 days are numbered!
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Old 09-16-2010   #22
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So let's kick off this new forum with a poll: Where do you stand?
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Old 09-16-2010   #23
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mostly M8 for convenience, speed and quality, MP and film for quality too and colour (digital doesn't do reds) plus Nikon Coolscan 9000 and fun. I do like the M8 though, I have to say.
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All film but printing digital printing. Mainly because I prefer the look of the results I get from scanned film - but also I own 3 very good film cameras, I not planning to throw them in the bin until I have to and I hope I never have to.
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I just recently gave up on color film because wet-printing it here (in my darkroom) has gotten too iffy: the materials I was using are discontinued and the replacements were available inconsistently, then discontinued. This was Endura in sheets and any of the Mono Chemistries. My last boxes of paper went bad while waiting for the backordered chemistry to get here- so I had paper but no chems, then chems but paper that was no good. Too frustrating, so I packed it in.

I do scan film, but it is one of my least favorite things to do. Too time consuming, especially when the all digital workflow produces prints that I like better. I've got a big backlog of negatives left to scan that I'm nibbling away at. I do prefer the results I get from the scanned film and the Epson 3880 to anything I got on Endura.

All my B&W is film exclusively.
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I shoot mostly digital with a little bit of film mixed in but I do have periods where I may shoot all film.
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Old 09-29-2010   #28
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Mostly digital, and with film only digital printing. I like the look of both, they each have their place and purpose.
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!00% film. Nothing against digital, just like using the gear I have. Just not ready to put it on the shelf just yet!
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Old 10-17-2010   #30
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Digital for action work, macro and micro work (especially beyond 1:1 work ) and events. And color mostly although I love analogue color and would like to process it sometime.
Film increasingly for pleasure even though I don't have the right equipment just yet. I shoot it mainly for the better equipment and philosophy one is forced to take.
I'm only a year in on photography and film is a great learning tool.
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Old 10-18-2010   #32
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I shoot digital most of the time, but due to this forum I started shooting film again. My son and i developed a couple of rolls last week, it was fun.
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Color mostly digital, now, except when I'm backpacking, I use color slide film.
For black and white it's film. And now that I'm developing/scanning myself, using motion picture filmstock, the cost isn't as much of an issue, and I can't indulge the urge to try new things out as I please.
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I find myself straddling the line... I like digital for color, film for B&W.
Me too, just ... I shoot almost no color, OK. family pics. Like to do things by myself (no computer). I guess I am the one lucky to have simple, but permanent darkroom at home.
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Old 11-04-2010   #35
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About 90% of my shoots are film. Digital SLR for backup when travelling abroad.
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Old 11-05-2010   #36
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Film and Digital are both amazing.
I find my dig cam better at artificial, mixed light.
Film might be better at daylight.
Still learning both mediums,
I just rediscovered film, and it teaches me stuff.
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Film and digital...it all depends on the task at hand. I get different results from each and it is a matter of matching the proper equipment to the task.

That said, I hope to be doing more and more film for the foreseeable decades and much less time on the computer for anything. I would rather be a photographer than a computer nerd.

Now, ask me which is better:


F I L M !!! Because I enjoy it more and the results are worth it.
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To be honest ?...Got back to film because I couldn't affort/justify a M9. But now I'm settled in again., would not miss it for the world!
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Assuming the fuji X100 matches up with the hype, I'll soon be 100% digital. Its taken some serious engineering to get me to this place. I've tried digital a few times over the past 4 years since discovering RFF. I've wanted to pull away from film because of the incompatibility with my income (getting down to zero these days), time availability for trips to film processor and scanning (having a nine-yr. old kid around the house puts a serious dent in discretionary time for photo stuff).

Up till now, two things have made it difficult for me to make the switch to digital:
1) lack of significant sensor dynamic range in a reasonably priced camera, and
2) lack of a camera with a large sensor and small rangefinder-like body with an optical viewfinder.

The Nikon D7000 satisfies #1 and the Fuji X100 will hopefully satisfy #2. At that point, I will have come nearly full circle from when this 'transition' journey began for me. When I first came to RFF I owned a Nikon F3 and a Hexar AF... analog twins of my new kit??
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