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Are film cameras becoming a thing of the past?

Travel Forums Travel Photography Are film cameras becoming a thing of the past?

1. Posted by Annette_22 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi I am looking to buy an SLR camera for the first time for travelling and with the intention of maybe doing a course and going professional.
I have done some research and was looking at purchasing the Nikon F75 which is a film SLR but is it worth spending AUD$800 on a film camera when I have been told by some people that film cameras are rarely being used and digital is the way to go? I haven't owned a digital camera before and am slightly hesitant to buy one (spending around AUD$2000 on the Nikon D70) as after a trip to New York City my friends were using digital (not an SLR) and their photos turned out blurry where as mine using a film point and shoot did not. Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

2. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y


It's basicly up to you.

I have both a film and Digital SLR and i have to say that i use my Digital for 95% of my work. But there are always things i like better on film so i use film for that.

But if you want to go proffesional then i tenth to say go digital.
Most agents these days only except digital files so you can buy a film camera and a film scanner to make it digital or buy a digital slr.

Hope it helps a bit.


3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 11y

Hey Annette,

We got a Canon Ixus 500 just this week - very nice for the price at $600 I thought. It takes brilliant pics. Of course, an SLR would be much nicer. At least the ability to manually focus is always a good thing :)

I would hesitate to buy a film camera anymore. I bought one last year, and although I love it and don't regret buying it one bit, I don't see myself taking many pictures with it anymore! Occassionally it can be fun to put a nice role of Fuji Velvia in a film camera and shoot a few arty pictures though!

Personally, I'd go digital if I were you. But it does have its disadvantages. Both have their pros and cons.

4. Posted by mikescott (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

I have a Canon EOS 5000 (Film Camera) and I wouldn't take anything else when I'm travelling. Although I do like the idea that you can get the best shot when one is using digital because you can instantly review your photos, I love the excitement and anticipation when I've come back from a long trip and I've got 3 or 4 films to get developed: live for the moment and reflect later on.


5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 11y

I have a Nikon D70, and I absolutely adore it. It allows me a lot more freedom and options in photography than the point 'n shoot Canon S30 I had before.
However, I wouldn't recommend just flat out going to buy it. Go and get yourself a much cheaper digital camera first and use it heavily for a few weeks, simply to see if the workflow agrees with you. A lot of the work is shifted to afterward, sorting through the hundreds (and soon thousands) of pictures, discarding many of them, but then also enhancing all the others. No matter how good the camera, you'll almost always will want to slightly alter the color balance and the levels, throw an unsharp mask on things, crop it for better balance, etc, etc. And that takes a lot of time, which might not agree with you at all...

6. Posted by ErwinNL (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

I have 2 canon film SRL, A canon 300D , and a couple of 35mm point and shoot camera's.

Film is not a thing of the past yet and still offers the best quality around. Even the best sensors dont have the same definition as 35mm film yet. In time however they probably will...
Digital camera's however do have some strongpoints. You dont have to develop your film and get instant result, if you dont like the picture take a new one, you can easily upload photos to your website or clients, make photo's with out wondering if your wasting your film and you can adjust them to any sort of light conditions.