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When Traveling, Do you use a Digital or Film Camera

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11. Posted by meerola (Full Member 32 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I always travel with both digital and film. I have two film backs, one with B&W and one with slide film. Have been taking less photos with those, though since upgrading my digital equipment to include a Canon 350D.

12. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Meerola, Don't you find it more difficult to carry everything with you? I am afraid to take too much on a trip..:(

13. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I moved to digital last year when I went to Peru for Christmas. Kicking and screaming, I am slowly moving into the 21st Century. I have a Sony Cybershot DSC-T1. I love it because it is so small and convenient and it takes great pictures too.

14. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I recently switched to a digital as well. I absolutely love my camera, shallow as that may be. I only got it a couple of months ago, and I'm still getting used to it really.

It's a Canon Ixus 700 - extremely lightweight and looks great too! The difference between my most recent photos using the Ixus and my old photos is amazing. I can;t believe it's taken me so long to switch.

The only very very small "complaint" I have about it is the slight delay of a second or two when you are taking a shot. Maybe a lot of digital cameras are like this? I dont know.

I would really love a digital SLR but that's just going to have to be put on the long finger I think.

I'm really looking forward to taking this camera on the road and seeing what kind of shots I come back with.

15. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

For personal photos, digital every time.
If you intend to attempt to sell any of your shots, then 35mm SLIDE (transparencies) film is still the norm, despite the high standard of pro digitals. Some of the glossy travel mags won't entertain any form of digital, or even prints.

16. Posted by pixcee (Full Member 28 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I spent 3 amazing weeks in Australia last summer and I brought my 35mm cam. I got sum good pics, but it cost me a fortune to get them all devoloped. Some didnt turn out. And it really was a pain to carry all that film around, change rolls...I recently bought a new digicam. Fuji Finepix S5100 and I LOVE it. The next trip I will definately be bringing that instead with a fair sized card. Just dont forget the BATTERIES!! it REALLY sucks when ur cam dies right when you want to get that good shot!!

17. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I used to use film with my good old camera, Nikkormat, for...10 years?? I love it. But its metal body makes it heavy, and I used to spend many rolls of films and still have to spend money to have them printed. So then I thought I needed a digital camera.

But beginning of this year I've finally bought my pro digital camera, a Canon 300D. The plastic body is much lighter than my old camera. And now with a digital camera, I can view my photos from the PC before deciding if anything needed to be printed.

In my opinion, in a long term a digital camera makes it cheaper, although you must spend much money when you first buy it - it's like an investment.

Hope this helps.


18. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm still lugging my 35mm Pentax around with me. I love the thing (although the autofocus recently bit the dust), and it's nicely scratched and bumped from minor collisions with cathedral walls, metro doors, cemetery headstones, you name it. However, there's a lot of "Whet the hell..?" once I get my gazillion rolls developed, so I'm being slowly swayed to the dark side...

19. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I never thought I'd seriously consider going digital for the following reasons:

1 - image quality not as good as slide film taken with an SLR
2 - the extremely high cost of a decent digital SLR
3 - the annoying delay before the picture is taken when you press the shutter release on digital cameras
4 - the fact that if I did decide to 'get serious' and try to sell some of my images nobody would be interested if they were digital

However things have moved on so much in the world of digital cameras that i don't think any of those arguments still stand up.

I've just been looking at some of the new breed of DSLR's and I can't believe the quality of the images, zero annoying time delays and the costs are less than they were.

I think I'm going to have to finally bite the bullet and say goodbye to film:(

Also I've seen more and more professional photographers going digital recently so I don't think it would be a problem any longer if you wanted to try and sell images for publication.

20. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

2 - the extremely high cost of a decent digital SLR

Yes Mike, I do agree on the pricey cost but somehow, the quality is excellent!

And btw, your pictures are all using film camera? (the collection of toscana?)