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I shoot 200 gold mostly sometimes 800max or ektar 100.
I hate digital, But all in all you have to compare the two formats in their respective print methods. I sugest 200 printed chemicaly in a darkroom and dslr printed at self serve photo printer at drugstore. That's what the two formats were intended to be.
#1 Stephen on 2010-09-01 15:26
Much thanks for your work. I too shoot mostly gold 200 having great results enlarging to 11x14 selling at a local gallery in Slidell, LA. Actually, I've got one image 11x14 hanging that was shot using kodak color 400!

I contantly get grief for shooting film (when found out). I get something on the order of "gee can you image what you could do with a digital camera?" No, not really. My Nikon FMs and I do great work and I'm happy. Why change when there is film to be had?; film that is still evolving and getting better I may add.

Also, film is relatively cheap. The great thing about film is that it forces you to stop, look and compose for better photographs and more "keepers."

The art of photography is not with digital technology with the exception of the most dedicated pro photographer using a multi-thousand $ camera.

The average consumer believes, without sound reasoning, that digital is better allowing for aimless "free" clicking. As you have demonstrated, digital is newer and has its place, but digital technology is not hands-down better than film photography. Jim
#1.1 Jim Tannehill on 2011-03-31 04:36
If you want to compare dynamic range in this photo, also consider the sky and the concrete in these photos above. In the film image, the sky and the concrete have more preserved detail. In the D60 image, the highlights are blown out and the detail is washed away to white. That is one of the bigger differences between film and digital. If shooting on a bright day, color negative film is better. If shooting in low light, use a digital camera with high ISO abilities.
#2 Denis on 2011-05-20 10:48
IMO, the most bad thing modern both digital and film photography is total automation. One who never use full-manual and take full-auto camera in his hand is doomed to became just pseudo-photographer. Real photography requires huge knowledge and huge experience in manual control. Only with developed manual skills one can take full-auto camera and make as good shots as he did before. Photographer who did not know well technical and scientific side of photography and rely on expensive camera is just camera user - not photographer. No matter film or digital, SLR or point-and-shoot even pinhole!
Sure film is superior in sense of dynamic range but on digital side there is exposure bracketing and CMOS sensors able making lightning speed series of shots giving results close to film or even outperform last in DR.
For example I have some experience making high resolution and high DR using cheap point-and-shoot camera with no in-camera exposure bracketing at all. I shoot dozens of 6 Mp photos, precise stitching and blending them in software and result is amazing and unreachable to single shot of any expensive digital or film photo.

P.S. But nostalgia for full manual control and for good old film makes me buy film recently and borrow my father's Zenit-E with Helios 44-2 prime lens and I just feels the power of meditation :-)
Carefully preparation for single shot takes some time, it gives a chance to calm mind and to take a step over the routine and rush, not to just see the object of photography but to feel it or even melt myself with it. No matter good or bad prints will be - it cannot cancel meditation experience and satisfaction. Good prints will be just additional bonus but it will not add much to shooting time experience :-)
So even modern digital cameras with some tricks can outperform film in both DR and resolution, film must live: you can not check immediately on LCD whether shot was made good or bad. It remains unknown, and even this fact alone require calmness of mind: you did some act now but you cannot receive instant response or immediate consequence. Just as in Karma Law :-) It make take some time to see how good or how bad it was done. And we must live that time well and remember: no matter of possible consequences if we dare to act - we must act as well as it possible, and when consequences came we remember - we did is as good as possible. This is the way to perfection ;-)
#3 Daos on 2011-05-25 22:07
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