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Anyone still uses film?

Posted 06/05/2010 - 13:39 Link
I still use 35mm film and slide film. I can see the advantages to digital and use the K10D when shooting sports. I use film when I want to work on something for myself. I also use Med. format when I want real quality. Digital has changed how I view photography. when I judge photographs, I tend to be very harsh. Anyone can point and shoot. If someone used film to take a picture, then he had to do more than hold a camera, there is no need to focus anymore. I read an artical about an ameture photographerwho uses a DSLR on full auto because he doesn't want to be bothered with having to do anything. I find film still to be better than Digital.
Posted 06/05/2010 - 13:45 Link
I use film for fun, including 5x4 large format. I do not find it "better" than digital (that is an old and hackneyed argument which digital is winning). I do find, however, that is slows me down and makes me remember all the things I so painfully learnt 30 years ago. It is less "film" per se but the fact that most of my film cameras are older manual focus manual exposure models. I spent a few days in New York recently with a Pentax ES, 28mm and 50mm lenses and XP2 Super film. Some of the results are posted in the "My Pictures" section.

Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website
Posted 06/05/2010 - 13:58 Link
Posted 06/05/2010 - 14:19 Link
Yes, In the absence of a DSLR over last few months I have re-enthused. I've got 120 HP5 locked and loaded in a Agfa Isola, HP5 in the Z-1 and I'm getting more colour slide film for the Yashica T4 which produced some nice images. Also PeterPinhole on flickr is an inspiration.

I read about a young photographer in BJP a while back and he shot film. Lots of film, He was saying he shot about 100 rolls a day (something like that). Well, its all very well if you have the money and facilities to process 100 rolls plus, you'd have to be a bad photographer not to end up with a dozen good shots from 2400 odd frames.

Film is no guarantee you aim to get a good image every time. And shooting on auto just means less effort in dialing in the meter readings to the camera.

Its a broad church.
Lurking is shirking.!
Edited by dougf8: 06/05/2010 - 14:26
Posted 06/05/2010 - 14:33 Link
yes!! in this digital era, i was introduced to photography by 35mm film camera. its lots of fun, but i just cant too many...still waiting for my dslr..

learning in progress...

Posted 06/05/2010 - 14:59 Link
I like using film. Just need some more practice with manual focus and using the older cameras.

Just got 3 films back from testing my cameras, some ok, some not so ok..... But I like the feel that you get from the film pictures. Very retro. It's not all about sharpness and resolution!
K5, K200 and several film Pentax cameras!
Posted 06/05/2010 - 15:01 Link
Yes . . . With my Titanium MZ-S.
K1/K3, DA*16-50mm F2.8, FA 31mm F1.8, FA43mm F1.9 Limited, FA77mm F1.8 Limited, SMC Pentax K 85mm F1.8, DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6, FA*28-70mm F1.8, FA*200mm F1.8
Posted 06/05/2010 - 15:26 Link
Despite having a D3 and a K20D...

My camera bag currently holds a Z-1p

I actually do enjoy film more than digital because each frame has to matter, so we take more care than we would if we were using a digital camera. The histogram facility on our DSLRs has made life so much easier to get better exposed photographs, at the expense of actually thinking about each exposure. Plus there is the matter of seeing a correctly exposed Velvia slide on a light box.

Z-1p, K-1, P50
F50 1.7. SMC-FAs 24, 35, 50 1.4, 85, 135. HD-FA15-30, DFA24-70, D-FA*70-200. The SMC-FA Limited Trinity.
Metz 45 CL-4, AF500FTZ. AF540FGZ.
Some Mamiya and some Nikon
Posted 06/05/2010 - 15:29 Link
I always carry a film camera in my bag, either an Me super, an ES, an ES11 or an SPF. I love them.
I like the look of them, the feel of them and the results they give.
But they will never replace digital!
Best regards.
Geoff Davis
Posted 06/05/2010 - 15:39 Link
I use a 1957 Zeiss Ikon loaded with 120 B&W film now and again. A lovely little camera - pop out lens on bellows, £9.50 from ebay

Only get 12 shots per film so it really does make me stop and think about what and how i'm shooting. Fantastic quality prints come back and i find that i'm far more disciplined about my digital photography as a result. Yes, digital allows you to knock out 100's of shots in the hope that one or two turn out well....but i'd rather knock out 100's of shots where 10's or 20's turn out well, that's where the film shots help.
Fortune favours the brave.
Posted 06/05/2010 - 17:12 Link
Yes I do too I have the MZ-6 I love film for the old grainy feel and as Kris said the way it makes you think. I mainly use my K20 though but always have the MZ6 in my bag with Ilford HP4 loaded
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." Aaron Siskind
Bodies K20D, LTL 3, K1000d
Lenses Pentax 50mm, Pentax 135mm, Tamron 70-300 macro
Posted 06/05/2010 - 17:35 Link
Hell no I shot my last roll of film in 2003. Never again!
AF - Pentax K5, Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, Tamron 17-50/2.8, Sigma 30/1.4, Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-300/4-5.6
MF - Vivitar CF 28/2.8, Tamron AD2 90/2.5, MTO 1000/11
Stuff - Metz 58 AF1, Cactus v4, Nikon SB24, Raynox 150, Sigma 1.4x TC, Sigma 2x TC, Kenko 2x macro TC, Redsnapper 283 tripod, iMac 27”, Macbook Pro 17”, iPad, iPhone 3G
Flickr • Fluidr • PPG • Street • Portfolio site
Feel free to edit any of my posted photos! If I post a photo for critique, I want brutal honesty. If you don't like it, please say so and tell me why!
Steve Chasey
Posted 06/05/2010 - 19:08 Link
Still shoot film - usually Velvia with an MZS - when on holiday in foreign parts. Shot 7 rolls in NZ/Au last month and that's covering a lot of ground I've already been over. Would have been more but Queenland was very dull when it wasn't raining and not very good for ISO 100 film

Use less film in the UK these days but will take a couple of rolls worth if I go down to Stourhead in the Autumn or West Woods (Southwest of Marlborough) if I'm after bluebells. Again, usually with an MZS but with the FA Ltds attached. I try to exercise an LX as well from time to time. This on top of what I do with the K20 or K7.

Film is a good for your technique - makes you stop, think, compose, check DoF then recompose before you complete the shot. Digi can be a bit too easy - especially if you have the camera set to auto bracket and use AF and Programme all the time (IMHO).

In the Pack - Gripped K5 (SE),K7 & K20, Gripped MZ-S(SE)& MZ-S,DA10-17, DA12-24, DA14, DA*16-50, 50-135, 60-250 & 300mm; FA31mm/43mm/77mm Ltds; Sigma 8-16, 135-400 & 150-500
Half Backs: K10+BG,DA16-45, DA50-200
Backs: LXs,Super As and lots of A, M & K lenses
Impact Subs: 28mm Shift, K 135-600 (the Banahan of Pentax zooms ), 400-600 Reflex
Posted 06/05/2010 - 19:13 Link
MZ-7 and Ilford FP4 (or Pan F for buildings).
Posted 06/05/2010 - 19:35 Link
Yup. MX with 40/2.8 and MZ5n with DA 40/2.8 are usually tucked into a corner of any bag I am carrying. The MX will fit in a coat pocket. It takes shots that the istDS cannot take, since it's stuck at home.

The viewfinder is also glorious on the MX.

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