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    Film hanging in there

    I already posted this in the Viewfinder, but it is about film

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    Hopefully film will be around a few more years. It think film is still king in some countries.
    It is getting more expensive to shoot for certain.
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    Re: Film hanging in there

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCary View Post
    Hopefully film will be around a few more years. It think film is still king in some countries.
    It is getting more expensive to shoot for certain.
    It is expensive, no doubt, but I'm not sure it's more so than before -- perhaps we're just noticing it now?

    Some guy at work who got into photography several years ago started w/ a digital camera (he's a computer guy, so it was easy for him to do the transfer of images, etc). I used to show him my Medium Format film, etc. He was shocked about the price of that: ~ $4 a roll for 15 shots (on a 120mm roll for 645 camera), then another $5 or so to develop, then prints if I did them. He was confused as to how anyone back then could ever have afforded to do photography?
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    Re: Film hanging in there

    GB cost was the biggest factor in my giving up MF. I really miss it, but I hiked into some waterfalls last fall carrying both my E3 and Mamiya 645 and when it was all said and done the Olympus hung right in there with the IQ. After waiting two weeks to get the film back, having to scan the negatives, and the cost I figure shooting the E6 cost me a dollar a shot. It wouldn't take long to pay for a new DSLR with that kind of cost.
    But I still use my Leica and develop my own B&Ws. Hopefully for a few more years.
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    Re: Film hanging in there

    Hello, Since I am still new, I would like to out my two cents worth about film vs digital. Right now, at least for me film is still "cheap", as are the cameras. I recently had my camera locked up on me. I had to go out and get a new camera, I as able to pick a used Vivitar 3800n for about $95. I simply cannot afford a good digital (PK mount, if and when I do, why by new lenses) camara at this time. I think film will still be around, because not everyone can do digital.

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    I think, that film will still be around through the rest of my life time..
    I am a 40 something photography that has been doing photography for nearly 27 years now, shoot film exclusively.
    It will become more challenging to process, commercially anyway, the lab I take mine to, only does film two days a week now, but I think more and more people will start to process their film at home..
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    Re: Film hanging in there

    The last custom lab here in San Diego, Chrome Digital, is reorganizing now. They're shutting down their film processing offering and only doing printing. The original owners are retiring and some of the former staff will carry on under the same name.

    Film volume was one issue, but another important thing was that their main machine is designed to use a particular type of 35mm slide frame, and the German company that makes that type just went out of business. I pick up my last roll tomorrow, and it will be unmounted.

    Thankfully there are several camera stores left here that can develop film, so I can still get my 120mm film processed.

    I think the new Chrome Digital may do OK w/ printing only. They're cutting down to half the square footage they currently have and only half the workers.

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    It will be around for a long time for professional use. Will it be cheap....? No. Some people still want to have film and ready to pay extra for it.

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    Nice thread and informations shared.

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    Gotta tell ya, I love my DSLR and the images I've made. But no matter how good they look on my computer screen or even a "new-fangled" High-Def TV screen, there really is nothing like showing a killer Fujichrome on a projector screen in a darkened room.
    I always bought my slide film with Fuji mailers. Never was disappointed with the results. I really am loving my D700. But I'm not yet ready to "hang-up" my F4 and Fuji Provia.

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    Shooting black and white can still be relatively inexpensive. I have to mail order (or internet order) 120 roll film, and non-c41 process 35mm. About $3.00 per roll for arista, on up to 5 or 6 for Kodak and others. But it is fun to go shoot some photos, not be able to see what I really have until I spool it into the reels, develop and then scan the ones I like.

    I love my DSLR too, but my older cameras are getting some use.

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    nice share

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    hello there, I have a small problem with films. I'm a new photographer and I just bought a Kiev 4. With my Pentax K1000, i was using Kodak Max 400 (24 poses films) for outdoor pictures, but they dosent seems to fit in my kiev camera. I don't know if one of you know wich film should I use , but it would be a great help !

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    Quote Originally Posted by sirbow View Post
    hello there, I have a small problem with films. I'm a new photographer and I just bought a Kiev 4. With my Pentax K1000, i was using Kodak Max 400 (24 poses films) for outdoor pictures, but they dosent seems to fit in my kiev camera. I don't know if one of you know wich film should I use , but it would be a great help !

    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Film hanging in there

    ok, thanks alot !

    I will try another film.
    Oddly, the begining of hte Kodak Max 400 is too big to enter the catridge.

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    Re: Film hanging in there

    Film prices are through the roof here - $80+ for a 5 pack of 35mm 160NC Portra. But having said that on a recent shoot I took along a Minolta Dynax with a roll of the above mentioned film and the IQ and color was amazing. I'm seriously thinking of going back to film as the workflow is a breeze and for some reason my keeper ratio is significantly higher - my models must know how much each roll of film costs ;))
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    Re: Film hanging in there

    Quote Originally Posted by cameron665 View Post
    Film prices are through the roof here - $80+ for a 5 pack of 35mm 160NC Portra. But having said that on a recent shoot I took along a Minolta Dynax with a roll of the above mentioned film and the IQ and color was amazing. I'm seriously thinking of going back to film as the workflow is a breeze and for some reason my keeper ratio is significantly higher - my models must know how much each roll of film costs ;))
    Interesting how your keeper ratio is higher... And somehow that doesn't surprise me. If you act like every shot's your last, you line up your ducks better before you fire.
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    Re: Film hanging in there

    i get mine at half the price

    5 pack of 35mm 160NC Portra = $40

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