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Offline bump

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #90 on: October 28, 2016, 07:19 PM »
hi,
i love doing b&w photography.
my go to used to be an olympus om1. great camera i owned since i was about 10 or 11 ish back in the early 80's.
i always developed my own film, that was until i upgraded to my first play with digital.
i bought myself a canon 1ds and a handful of lenses; however i also bought an adaptor so that i could run my old olympus lenses on the canon body.
sure it meant i had to forego all the automatic focus etc and all of the exif data stated i was using a 50mm lens (due to the chip on the adaptor), but i was used to setting focus myself anyway and the multi point focus system on the 1ds didn't really interest me anyhoo.
this opened up huge opportunities to use all the olympus kit i had, including extension tubes and filters etc.
with a reverse adaptor to go from the olympus to canon i was able to use some of my add ons then revert back to the canon lens on the end.
generally nowdays i don't bother with the om1. i can do all the processing i need in bright light rather than a dark room, if i decide i don't like my processing work i can go back and re-do it as many times as i like rather than possibly ruining a film.
i tend to switch between my 1ds and a canon bridge camera (cant remember the type number) which has a 50X zoom lens.
the bridge is good for snapping and not having to carry around a bag of lenses or a camera the size and weight of a domino. the 1ds i tend to use for serious portraits or long night exposure work.
i would love to upgrade to a 1dx but find it hard to justify the price tag.
however i do miss the times of dipping chemicals and photosensitive paints. i even had an old bottle of uranium liquid used for pulling out more details from under-exposed film....
those were fun times that i look upon with fondness, yet i don't miss the time it took.

Offline SouthRider

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #91 on: February 11, 2017, 07:46 AM »
What is this "film" you refer to?

A new plug in for lightroom perhaps?
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Offline pixelated

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #92 on: March 13, 2017, 11:07 PM »
What is this "film" you refer to?

A new plug in for lightroom perhaps?

It's a user-replaceable 20 mega-pixel light sensor that can work in (almost) any camera.
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Offline sassyinpink

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #93 on: August 29, 2019, 02:33 AM »
oh wow. even if u stil use film, i think its difficult to buy the chemicals to process and develop the photos right?

Offline usernumber1

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #94 on: November 14, 2019, 01:55 AM »
film is having a minor resurgence - all the major retailers in the US never stopped carrying any chemicals , but what is happening the local smaller stores are starting to carry as well.

it's all still there, it always was really - but now it's only for the people looking for it

Offline Bob D.

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #95 on: November 14, 2019, 08:41 AM »
film is having a minor resurgence - all the major retailers in the US never stopped carrying any chemicals , but what is happening the local smaller stores are starting to carry as well.

it's all still there, it always was really - but now it's only for the people looking for it

I wish I had some of those interested parties in my neck of the woods. I have not been able to give any of my camera or darkroom equipment away for years. This summer I took a perfectly good Bessler 45MX enlarger to the dump.

I kept the lenses and lens boards and the cold light head but the rest went to the dump. I thought about hanging on to the motorized carriage and maybe adapting it for some use in the wood shop but decided against that as I have more than enough junk hanging around and need to reduce the clutter in the house.

No one wanted the enlarger or anything else even for free AND I offered to transport it within 25 miles of my home. I found a couple photography clubs and schools and offered all my equipment to them for free, no takers.

The only item I was able to sell was my Jobo Color Processor. Still have all the other gear (trays, easels, timers, spot focuser, light meters, Canon 35mm cameras and lenses, and a couple 4x5 cameras) just can't let it go to the dump, but some day soon I guess that is it's fate. I was able to sell all my Bronica SQA medium format camera and lenses years ago at a good price.

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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #96 on: November 14, 2019, 08:44 AM »
film is having a minor resurgence - all the major retailers in the US never stopped carrying any chemicals , but what is happening the local smaller stores are starting to carry as well.

it's all still there, it always was really - but now it's only for the people looking for it

Except for Cibachrome.  Ilford quit making it in 2011.  I don't miss the limitations of film at all, especially with the advances in digital imaging technology, but sadly, printing technology has a long way to go to equal the beauty of prints done on Cibachrome. 

I was just thinking that we had to change film rolls every 36 shots, but now, with the storage capacity of SDXC cards, we find ourselves needing to change batteries every 300-400 shots before changing memory cards. 

I'm especially loving the fact that we can see the images immediately and make corrections on the fly.
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Offline Dogberryjr

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #97 on: November 14, 2019, 09:00 AM »
I’d forgotten the frustration of film getting lost by the lab.  Last week I sent out seven rolls to be processed, but the lab reports they only received three rolls, so those photos, whatever they were, are gone forever.  Granted, memory devices fail sometimes, but the loss of unprocessed film is especially painful.  I’ve got a bunch of film in the freezer still, but it’ll take something to get me to commit.

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #98 on: November 14, 2019, 09:05 AM »
I’d forgotten the frustration of film getting lost by the lab. 

That, and getting someone else's slides back from the lab.    [mad]
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Offline Alex

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #99 on: November 14, 2019, 12:42 PM »
I had a professional photographer in my house the other day for some pictures, and when I saw her fumbling with a bag full of SD cards I mentioned how great it was we now have digital storage instead of old-fashioned films, and she agreed but also said she likes to use film for certain special projects because you can get effects you can't do with a digital camera.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: who is still using film?
« Reply #100 on: November 14, 2019, 01:12 PM »
I minored in photography back in art school and even though I managed the darkroom for a time and could process a roll of B&W film in less than half an hour of the time it was shot it was still difficult to correlate (learn) exactly how decisions made when shooting affected the final result. Especially when using strobes. Instant results make learning sooo much faster.

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