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1. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

I think this is my 2nd or 3rd 'start new thread' thread'.
Is there anyone left on the planet that still uses roll film? Apart from me that is.
I have dSLR and compactdigi but I still buy 33mm to use with my 35mm SLR.

2. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I use it a lot - as much as digital, sometimes more.

3. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Thats nice to know. I thought I was the only person left in the universe that still uses Kodak and Ilford roll film. My darkroom is like a shrine to me. I really like digital but still adore my 35mm SLR too. Just one camera left now.

4. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

BedouinLeo,

I read in the other thread that you travel with a DSLR, compact digital and 35mm. Just out of curiosity. When do you use which ?

BTW - I have the same gear, but I leave the film at home when I travel and my wife mostly uses the compact digital. So not really the same situation though.

5. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

Thats nice to know. I thought I was the only person left in the universe that still uses Kodak and Ilford roll film. My darkroom is like a shrine to me. I really like digital but still adore my 35mm SLR too. Just one camera left now.

It's years since I used a darkroom. I was tempted to get an enlarger again because even the very good ones were just so cheap when everyone got into digital. But I never got round to it. Still have some 'Kentmere Art' even. Probably no good now. Just can't beat a really good silver print, even with high-end inkjets. Just no 'depth' to them. Oh well.

edit: I scan my film. Does that count?

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Aug-2009, at 16:40 by fabyomama ]

6. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

I reply to Q' in post number 4.
My dSLR is quite a new piece of kit and I am only just getting used to it. I have a Canon EOS Rebel XS-18 551S kit. Its a good starter dSLR and takes very good pictures without too much complication. Its also quite light compared to some other dSLR's. I bought it in the USA earlier this year. I tend to use it when the shot I need is either experimental or not terribly important although I am gradually taking more shots with it and less with the old Canon EOS roll film camera that I also take with me. I have two compact digis and can fit them both in my jacket easily. One is set to colour and the other to monochrome automatically. I rarely take them all out at the same time for no other reason than it would look stupid.
My old EOS (I use 200asa film usually Agfa or Kodak, I dont like Fujicolor film) is lovely. I bought it about 5 years ago and it cost me a lot more than the new dSLR I have. It takes a much better sunset and fast action shots than all the digis and I find it so much easier to use. I still spend many hours in my darkroom every month and the results can be messed be about with just as much as a digital picture on a computer programme. As I said in Travellerspoint awhile ago I am not a computer buff at all. I dont even know how to put up photos into Travellerspoint. I have 10000's of photos stored in 'My pictures' on my PC but thats as experienced as I am. I know nothing about blogs or facebook etc. What I know about this PC of mine is just about all I need. I am a bit worried that roll film is going to be stopped altogether before too long. It is getting more and more scarce to find by the week already. Such a shame.

7. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

35mm is effectively dead. It's always been a bit of an oddity since it's conception in the 1930's, being morphed from cine film. Don't know if you've used or seen the quality of medium format. Probably still quite cheap to buy secondhand.

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

I tend to use it when the shot I need is either experimental or not terribly important although I am gradually taking more shots with it and less with the old Canon EOS roll film camera that I also take with me.

That's probably what's going to kill film. Digital technology is just a lot easier and less expensive to experiment with. Photography, by its very nature, is about experimentation. Every photographer I know of is constantly trying new techniques, or new compositions. I've done only elementary darkroom work in colour and black & white with the university [/b]camera club. But photoshop allows me to do the same things, just easier. I do have a pair of Mamiyas and I want to setup my chemicals to process the film. Everything is in boxes in our basement since I got married and moved. My intention is to scan in the negs once I'm done processing. The tools are different and the process is different, but the fundamentals are the same.

Like fabyomama, I see an almost organicness to film images. The grain and texture adds something random and natural to the images....

9. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

I have to not so much disagree with a couple of comments above, but 35mm is definately not dead in fact far from it. A little under the weather maybe but certainly not dead. Its never been an oddity. Try telling that to 10000 paparazzi and some of the world's finest snappers. Digital still stuggles when it comes to setting correct resolution compared to various roll film grades. It'll get there for sure in very little time. Ive compared the same shot film vs dSLR and the film is still winning every time. Dont know how much longer for though. I do like my new Canon and no doubt this time next year maybe even sooner I'll be laughing at it and my comments here. But in the meantime....

10. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

Digital still stuggles when it comes to setting correct resolution compared to various roll film grades.

I'm curious what you mean by that ?