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    Am I mad? Considering buying a film camera again?

    Hi all,

    Just a general question....

    I'm seriously thinking of picking up a used film camera.

    I always liked shooting film back in the day but it has been a long time.

    Is it crazy with all the convenience of digital these days to even think of about shooting film as a little side thing as I'd still shoot digital as well?

    I'd like to think it will focus my intent for each shot and the process/exercise will improve my photography in general.

    Please, I'm open to any and all opinions and guidance on this one, no matter what you might think.

    Cheers Nate

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    Re: Am I mad? Considering buying a film camera again?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nate_Patterson View Post
    Hi all,

    Just a general question....

    I'm seriously thinking of picking up a used film camera.

    I always liked shooting film back in the day but it has been a long time.

    Is it crazy with all the convenience of digital these days to even think of about shooting film as a little side thing as I'd still shoot digital as well?

    I'd like to think it will focus my intent for each shot and the process/exercise will improve my photography in general.

    Please, I'm open to any and all opinions and guidance on this one, no matter what you might think.

    Cheers Nate
    I’ve still got most of my 35 mm film gear including Olympus OM 1 plus lenses and Nikonas 5. All racked up as a museum display on a window pelmit. To be honest I couldn’t be bothered putting any of them back into service although I do have an adapter for the lenses to fit my full frame Sony digitals.
    All the same things apply with digital as it did with film when it comes to composition, focus and exposure. The big difference is that now we have almost instant feedback on the result of the shot. I can’t see any good reason for doing it in film and waiting perhaps 24 hours to find out whether or not you got it right. I did that for many years, in most cases of shots which were unrepeatable underwater photographs. Good luck with it if you decide to go that way, but there is so much more you can do now which was unavailable back then. I suspect you might be disappointed. Cheers.

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    Re: Am I mad? Considering buying a film camera again?

    would certainly be a challenge going the super high instant quality of digital . Having been there done that; I have no intentions of dusting off any of my left over film cameras. Although digital is more complicated, it has made photography so easy and mirrorless has made it even easier.
    Being able to see the subject as an exposed file before even taking the photo would just be a drunken dream not too many years ago .

    That said; working film cameras are cheap enough to experiment with. I would suggest getting a better fully manual camera (thinking Nikon Fm2) and just one or 2 fixed lenses . Pentax K1000 was a popular ?manual? camera

    But no cheating like using the digital camera as a light metre . You might be amazed how well the sunny 16 rule works with film. In later years I most used a hand held L/metre .

    Many so called "experts" of today would have never made it with film

    Remember print film is opposite to digital --- slight over exposing is better under exposing

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    Re: Am I mad? Considering buying a film camera again?

    Thanks gents.

    I've been looking at a few Canon models for a while now that suit my current crop of lenses without converters. They do have a lot of auto functions but as I almost exclusively shoot in manual mode in digital, excluding focus, I manually focus all landscape shots but wildlife almost always auto focus, I'd continue that practice with film. Part of my desire to shoot film is to take advantage of where I live at the moment. I like the idea of a some shots of my time here shot on film when I move away.

    Cheers

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