Am I alone?

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by royall_berndt, Dec 19, 2020.

  1. I have returned to film completely. I have so many superb film-burners that I want to explore. Only in special circumstances would I pick up a digicam. I have a Leica M3, a Nikon F, and a Rolleiflex 3.5 F. Who could ask for anything more? How can I ignore such machines when I want to go out shooting? Anyone else in this position? I even have a Speed Graphic for LF! And a Minox for spying!
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  2. Well, I'd love to play with my "film-burners" but until I retire I have too much to do and too little time. Digital gets me the images I need in the timeframe I need them. I remember how much time it took to process film and make prints and it's just not practical at the moment. Still have the darkroom though.
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  3. I think it'S safe to say I am a "film photographer" only. I use my phone for lots of quick stuf becasue it'S convenient, but much like you I have so many beautiful film cameras, I can't use them all but I'm driven to use them. I certainly don'T make a living with photiography and to keep things in "check" I develop my own B&W film, not becasue I'm a control freak or "so involved" .. I do it because I can. and it's cheap..and with the current maket is expensive to send off to be developed.

    @ Conrad when I moved back in 1990, I lost my darkroom, but the digital info age has me scanning negatives instead of printing in the darkroom. Certainly after scanning, it is no longer film / print photography and while I mourn the darkroom nights with the ball game on the radio and redlight on, I have accepted it . Don'T wait till retirement. Jump in. IF you can bake brownies, you can develop film.Really!!
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  4. They say you can make time for anything you really want to do, but there's too many things I really want to do! I love the wet process, even the smells. Over the years I've processed and printed certainly many hundreds, probably thousands of black and white films and prints. Even though I haven't touched wet process in over a decade, I've little doubt I could walk in and do it without a hitch. Like riding a bicycle. As I've said in another thread, wet process color is, IMHO, a fools errand. Digital has simply raised the bar too far. Black and white wet process rules!
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  5. Do you feel alone? ;-)

    I am afraid of being mistaken for a hipster when discussing film photography online these days - in fact I am just an old fart that never enjoyed digital for the hobby part of photography. Now I am actually “cool” with the youth.
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  6. Mostly film cameras with me. Some of the few times I use digital- when family needs a quick picture or to post a quick image of my classic gear in the "What Camera are you Using This Weekend?" thread.
  7. I switched to digital in 2005 (as did much of the rest of the world). Then I got all "nostalgiky" about all the film cameras I had and had formerly had.
    So I bought one funny little camera on eBay that I was sorry I had got rid of -- a Praktica FX3.

    Now 15 years later, I have something over (I need to update my spreadsheet) 270 film cameras. I have shot all of them that still work, and made many post here on (although the search engine here is not great, a search will show up some of them).

    Actually, I have also collected early digital cameras, but that's another story.

    Here are some of my Contax S = Pentacon cameras


    However, I confess that when I travel or shoot seriously, I almost always shoot digital - for ease, cost, and quality.

    My film cameras are for fun, but getting harder and harder to shoot since I no longer have any local film processing and have to do it myself-- which slows down the pace considerably.:(
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  8. Aside from a few special films like Kodachrome, I was never much of a fan of FILM as such. I do like Ilford XP2, and much of my current film shooting is on that film.

    It was the images that I was after.

    There was a wonderful time, though, when film was king:
  9. You aren't alone.

    When I travel, I bring an M6 and a 120 camera. The 120 is sometimes a Fuji 690 but I'm using a Rolleiflex E2 these days for reasons of weight and the bulk of the film that I need carry in my luggage. Shooting with a Rolleiflex is a good way to meet new people, especially in Europe.

    Back home I use a 4x5 or a 5x7 along with a Barnack Leica or the M6. A view camera is also a good way to meet new people.

    My wife does use a digital camera, a Fuji x100s, which serves her well, especially for grandkid snaps.
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  10. Wow JDM 270 film cameras? Thats a lot of collection! How big is your display cabinet? :)
  11. yes, it is a lot

    The "collection" has rather overflowed the cabinets.
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  12. I prefer b&w on film, always have and I keep a good supply on hand in three formats. On a trip to Europe last year I took an F4s and a D300s. Color just makes too much sense on digital but I went through four rolls of HP5 also.

    Rick H.
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  13. Like when you don't have time, money or natural resources to waste?

    Or if you want great image quality without lugging 30 lbs of LF camera and tripod about?
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  14. James G. Dainis

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    "Or if you want great image quality without lugging 30 lbs of LF camera and tripod about?"

    How come no one told me about this earlier?

  15. Every couple of years I go through a phase where the classic camera call to me and I need shot from for a time. Although most times I’m using digital.
  16. I still shoot film because I enjoy it. I use digital when it has an advantage. From 1966 to 2006 I only used film. From 2006 to late 2015 almost all digital. In late 2005 I tried a roll of black and white film and found it was fun. Ever since I shoot mostly film because it is fun for me. It has nothing to do with practical or better.
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  17. Ah for the glories of the old days, but I was younger then too..
    Modern Photography
    I think maybe this pose was inspired by Arbus's boy with the grenade
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    My wife & I photograph weddings using modern digital gear, because clients expect lots of digital images and shooting with a digital camera is the fastest most convenient way to deliver them.
    However, in my camera bag alongside the modern Canon is a 70-year-old Widelux FV. After I'm sure I have the expected digital images, I'll take some shots with the Widelux, when & where appropriate.
    For our recent family vacation to Arizona in the second half of November, we took a Canon dSLR, a submersible compact digital, the Widelux, and a Holga. Film is in processing now. Shot almost as many film frames as digital.
    Attached photo is from a recent shoot with my wife, our toddler, and a client couple with 4 dogs.
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  19. Great pandemic “optics.” What’s wrong in this picture? Jeesh...
  20. I realize the horizon isn't perfectly level.
    Was there something else?

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