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Film? What's THAT?

Discussion in 'Film Camera Forum' started by Ballenxj, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Ballenxj

    Ballenxj SC Regular

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    Dec 17, 2011
    Any other fond memories of the film days?
    Here's an old shot of some of my equipment. Most I still have, some I no longer have.
    -Bruce
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  2. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    I have been dropping a compact RF in the bag with the Digitals starting this past Summer. My wife complained that she missed passing around a set of prints after we went somewhere. Still shooting mostly Digital over the last 2 years, but I am making an earnest effort at shooting more film. I'm lucky that Sam's Club still does in-house processing, and film is cheap around here. WalGreen's is clearing out ISO 200 film for $4.24 a four-pack. I bought 20 rolls.
     
  3. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I'm mildly insulted by this thread... :mad:

    I have five film cameras that I feed and use regularly. I have just picked up two rolls of film from developing this very afternoon. My briefcase usually contains at least one film camera, most often either my M2 or my II; the first is 50 next year (like me) and the second is 82...

    Perhaps a little more to the point, film is enjoying a resurgence; Holga and Diana cameras were being sold in trendy clothes shops this Christmas as a "lifestyle accessory". My 18 year old son, studying graphic design at Uni is being taught to develop and print, and many of his friends use film on a regular basis "because it's real". They also play some form of "photo golf" - this involves taking 18 photos around a "course". If you have chosen the wrong lens it may take you more than 18 to "cover the ground" - I don't fully understand it but I have been invited to participate next year so I will report back more fully.

    Film is very much alive and kicking. y'know... :tongue:
     
  4. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Don't be insulted, there is a generation of young photographers that have never used film. A while ago, I brought a Canon P to the Udvar Hazy air and Space Museum. I was reloading, and noticed a small boy watching with infatuation. His dad told me, "he's never seen someone open a camera before and drop in a roll of film". Lately, I've noticed some High-School and College age young adults using film again. Not the majority, but a few. Most taking a class in Photography- or using the camera after such a course.

    In the last couple of years I've given away a dozen 35mm cameras and a Polaroid or two to members of the younger generation expressing an interest. The cameras get some use, and the young photographers learn about film.
     
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  5. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Chuck
    Alas, the only film cameras I have now are SLRs....but it will be fun to watch the images from film appear here!
     
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    I read an article recently on some photo website that sums this all up simply. We should all drop the modifier "digital" since that is now the default case. If you need to make the distinction, add the modifier "film". Film is still used and enjoyed by many, but it's now a small part (and respected) of photography in general.
     
  7. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Chuck
    So does this imply that the DSLR becomes simply SLR, while the old SLR becomes FSLR? :confused: Not sure I'm ready for that....but time marches on.
     
  8. nikki

    nikki SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 12, 2011
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    I have 4 film cameras and I am awaiting the Holga. I love film I find it easier to use and everything is on the outside of the camera . I got a k20d a few weeks back and still cant find my WB ,:smile: I know its in the menu somewhere ,guess ill just read the manual! I would like to develop my own film so im off to do a course in a few weeks!
     
  9. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 7, 2010
    Nikki, that is wonderful.

    It seems like just yesterday that I was loading up a film camera...
     
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  10. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I have mostly film cameras, my Canon DSLR and my Canon G12 now. Still itching for the Ricoh back. Resssisstttinnggg.. but we are talking like 45 film cameras so as you can see my GAS knows no boundaries other than the film cameras were a lot cheaper. :D
     
  11. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
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    Chuck
    On an inflation-adjusted basis, were film cameras truly cheaper? Not so sure about that... And then there's the cost of film and processing...
     
  12. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I've been collecting old film cameras for roughly a year. Yes they are undeniably cheaper, at least the ones I have. I can't afford Leica. As for during the time they were made? No. I had wanted a Canon AE-1 for years and could not afford it. In fact my Nikon One Touch died and after that it was disposables for birthdays, for several years. I just had all that film developed about six months or so ago. Quite wonderfully I discovered photos of my mother's last xmas in that lot, 2006. Anyway.. now I can collect and tinker and I do because film may not be around much longer so all of the ones I buy work. I shoot digital though primarily because of, yes, price.

     
  13. Ballenxj

    Ballenxj SC Regular

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    Dec 17, 2011
    I used to carry one of these two with me on motorcycle and bicycle trips, or anywhere a full sized camera wasn't convenient.
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    This was my favorite of the two. A fully manual full frame 35mm camera that slipped into either a shirt or jacket pocket.
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    Shot with a Pentax ME a few years ago. :wink:
    -Bruce
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  14. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 7, 2010
    Film Cameras: They are cheaper -now- than they ever were. Their are exceptions, lenses in Leica mount are higher than I ever remember. Stuff that I picked up for $95, a Nikkor 5cm F1.4 in leica Mount, goes for $500 or so now.

    But film cameras: all time low. You need to be able to do some simple repairs like replacing light seals, cleaning a viewfinder, even flood cleaning a shutter: but picking up a fixed-lens RF for $5 in the thrift store, "cheaper than ever".

    and sometimes you luck out and pick up a pair of Leica's for $15 each, with lenses.
     
  15. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Chuck
    I meant when they were new....now I understand! :redface:
     
  16. 123compact!

    123compact! SC Regular

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    May 19, 2011
    My NEX 5N was in Laredo for repair so I have been shooting our family trip to Colorado with film "serious compacts" - Ricoh GR, Leica CL and a Polaroid SX-70. Will post some when I get back. The Polaroids have been a lot of fun to play with. I'm using the Impossible Project films and they are pretty finicky in cold weather but I have been able to eek out a few nice images.
     
  17. Michael Penn

    Michael Penn SC Veteran

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    Tell that to Kodak.
     
  18. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    I'm just not that lucky :D
     
  19. Ballenxj

    Ballenxj SC Regular

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    Dec 17, 2011
    Well, You know you shouldn't be. Take a close look at the image of the camera's in the first post. YUP, Every one of them is a film camera. :smile:
    The question asked in the subject line was done as "Tongue in cheek." :wink:
    -Bruce
     
  20. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    That's exactly the example he gave, i.e., DSLRs should just be called SLRs. I believe he called the other "Film SLRs".:smile: