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| p.1 #12 · PLEASE Convince me about film ... |
I currently own a Ricoh A12 mount with 35 cron and 50 ZM for family shots. I also shoot BIF with D4-500f4 combo. However, the two systems are essentially mutually exclusive, i.e. when i take one, i don't bring along the other.
A few weeks ago, I saw the photos printed out on the michaels gallery in Melbourne ( living in Melbourne and loving it)... and I was blown away by the quality of the prints and the look of the photos. The chap said they were made from a film camera .... and the devil got me. Moments later, I was handling a used MP downstairs, the sales chap said it was already sold, but was good enough to let me play with it.
So a few questions have been racing in my mind... ANY pointers to previous threads discussing these would be helpful as well..
1. Is film really dead ? or going to be ?
2. In Melbourne, how convenient is it to get a few rolls processed and the good images scanned into digital ? Any recommended labs to buy and process ?
3. Would you recommend a film scanner ?
4. What do you gain in terms of convenience compared to digital? what do you lose ?
5. Do airport scanners destroy film ? how do you protect it ?
6. Does fuji make rolls > 36 exposures ?
7. Best recommended film for colour ? for b/w ?
8. Thinking about a Leica MP (used) - is it worthwhile for the next 10 yrs ? or would any other RF suffice ?
9. How do you backup / archive the keepers ?
10. AM I silly changing / indulging and will this pass ?
THANKS for your comments folks. Have been thinking about this topic for quite a while.
This is a great forum.
1st of all, do you know what format the prints you saw at Michales were from? If they were from say 6x7 mf or larger than your Leica won't even come close.
Saying that, go for it man. As was mentioned used prices of Leica gear don't fluctuate too much, so if you could afford the initial layout, you could always recoup any gear cost later if you decide film, rangefinders, or 35mm isn't for you.
1. I don't think b/w film will ever die, it's too easy to make. Color, maybe, but that's way down the road, why worry about it?
2. No clue.
3. Depends how much you are going to shoot. B/w is much easier to scan than color. And unless you have a dedicated film scanner (say the nikon coolscan or such) 35mm is a real pain.
4. You end up shooting much less, which translates into less culling and less clutter. Other than that not much. Holes a lot. Having to constantly keep inventory in film, deciding which film to take along/shoot on any given day. Having to send everything out or develop plus scan yourself. Needing a place to archive everything. Keeping track of negatives....
5. Fast film yes, slow, no. Officially. I haven't done any tests, but I get everything hand checked.
6. You could probably get long rolls, but you have to cut and load them into canisters yourself. Honestly 36 exposures lasts longer than you think,
7. Ha! good luck with this one. The portras are really nice as are the fuji 400h and 160s (though they don't have nearly the leeway with under/over exposure the new portras do). B/w are all nice depends what you like. Can't go wrong with trix.
8. Yes. I'm currently looking at an m4-p I'd like to buy. If you want a meter though get an m6.
9. Good question, I haven't figured that out yet.
10. No. Maybe. Who cares?
What do you mainly shoot?