Digital or 35mm?

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11. Posted by Barney (Budding Member 10 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I use a Cannon Eos 30 which is an amazing camera so you'd think i was I would be biased as hell against digitals. BUT.. if I had the money and could get my hands on a D30 digital SLR my camera would be out the window... Digitals are the way of the future when the price comes down.

Cheaper and the top of the line pump our great quality high res pictures


12. Posted by Anna Mac (First Time Poster 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I agree, 35mm has so much satisfaction involved, but I've been tempted recently by Canon's new EOS 300D- the first digital SLR for under £1000. Sounds a lot but for £850 you get the body and a lens and surely the best of both worlds?

Good point about depreciation though. Gotta love the way you can pick up a 40 year old camera and take brilliant pictures with it.


13. Posted by waterboy71 (Budding Member 2 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

well i'm definitely getting a digital for my trip in march... for the convenience, especially being able to see the pic right away and retake if needed.

Anyone know anything about them (i havent a clue) For normal nice pictures, is a 4 or 5 megapixel sufficient or should i invest in the 6.2? its about a 100 bucks more, but it'll pay for itself in the long run.

Considering i pay about 20$ per roll of film now - 10 for the disposable and 10 for developing... the camera should pay for itself in about a year or so. And i dont get stuck with the pics i dont want.

:james (buffalo, NY: europe march-june 04)

14. Posted by Peter (Admin 6854 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi James and welcome to Travellerspoint..

Another thing you may want to consider in cost comparison is the printing of digital pictures.. (if you plan on printing them at all that is). Even though you are saving the money on developing your 35 mm pictures, in the end you probably will want a copy of the digital ones.

Also consider how you will get the pictures off while travelling - it would work well if you took a laptop with you, but otherwise you may have to buy extra ones to make sure you have enough till you get a chance to download them.

One other small thing I have noticed with digital cameras I have used (pretty good ones too), is that there always is a lag when taking shots. This makes it very hard when you are trying to capture the peak of an action or time your shot carefully. I think it has to do with the autofocus perhaps, but can't say that for sure.

Just a few more reasons that I will be getting a new 35mm camera rather than digital


15. Posted by Lesken (Budding Member 8 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Digital for me anytime. Have been using our Nikon Coolpix for almost 3 years and have some amazing results. We have 3 memory cards but all up can take about 300 shots on a 64mb flash card. The Adobe photoshop Album software is just brilliant and has many options allowing photos to be saved to album, burnt to disk that is readable by any computer and the best slideshows that again are readable on any computer or DVD.

We have the most marvellous record of all our trips (lots ) which are on slideshows and with a few glasses of wind have allowed us to share with friends our many adventures. The response to seeing a 17" photo in brilliant colour on the TV or computer is certainly way ahead of trying to have people look at the photo album. The slideshow with a music backing leaves the looking at 35mm photo's for dead.

Anywhere now, memory cards can be downloaded onto disk for a reasonable charge if you run out of space.


16. Posted by Lesken (Budding Member 8 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Correct that spelling mistake - must have had too many glasses of wine when I was writing - meant a few glasses of wine, enough wind around our place at the best of times

regards Lesley

17. Posted by yumin (Inactive 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Well, hi everyone...:)
maybe I am not as professional as everyone...coz I am still new here. I personally think that both 35mm and digital have their own advantage over each other. (well, of coz disadvantage then)

I have been using Olympus mju:-II Zoom 80 for 5 years, and recently a JVC digital video cam; and I find there is a kind of "lack of life and feeling" in the digital one though the graphics turns out just as fine as the 35mm. I would say that 35mm give you more feelings then the digital one, coz digital pics can be cancelled and be taken in massive no. There has no need of skills (well, at least for majority of cams) and hence, one MIGHT not feel the preciousness and meaning of the photo taken.

However, digital cam has no fear of losing your pics (ha, I had just lost 1 film of 5 days pics from England:(...due to exposure), and worries of film shortage and developing fees (for ppl like me who don't really will print it out, as the fees here in Singapore is kind of expensive) and with just a memory card can take up to 300 pics... it is easy carrying it around (if yours is a digital cam only). Yet there is one thing that I have to agree with Peter, majority of digital cams have problem in taking continous fast action (in the sense they are a bit slow in "recovering" from prevcious shot) probably due to their auto-focus function

Therefore... I bring both out with me to travel, and use either one depends on the situation.... But in a long run, I would still, prefer 35mm, coz, at least you know you really have done something (you hold the photo, touch it physically)


18. Posted by whereisliz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

After trying both, I will never travel with film again! With increased airport security, I always felt my film was in danger of being fogged beyond recognition by agressive x-ray scanners, and not everyone was cooperative about hand-checking (and that didn't delight the people waiting in line behind me, either!)

Yes, there are always some concessions to be made, but with time and plenty of practice, I found ways to overcome most of them. The freedom and flexibility that digital has given me has resulted in much more interesting and experimental photos, because I didn't have to worry about wasting film, I could always just delete unsatisfying results.

Hardcore film fans, I urge you to give digital a fair try. I don't think you'll be sorry!



19. Posted by mattb (Budding Member 4 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone, Im a travel virgin off to Oz and Asia in Feb 04. Im also a complete dud with photography. Ive spent ages now trying to get my head round it all. I have swung from digital to 35mm recently. Here is my dilema;
I dont want to spend too much as It could get lost/stolen - £100 budget? It seems I could get a digital camera for this but not very much memory. Maybe I could download but people say many net cafes will not let you use the usb port or download. So if I go dig I need to take enough memory to store my shots. Getting expensive!! So a local photographer recommended a Olympus MJU. Simple to use (I need it) and good quality shots (just in case I get a good one and want to enlarge it). Maybe I need a zoom? As you can tell Im a dummy with all this. Please can anyone help? Does this logic follow?

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