We love digital, but the earthquake in Japan has made DSLR cameras and accessories a bit scarce and expensive. So why not look to film? There's the cool retro vibe, and even with the costs of film processing, SLRs are awfully cheap. Our sister site, Popular Photography, compiled a great list of 12 of the best film cameras out there that'll give you cred and some great photos.
Film cameras? Are they just being silly? Film is dead. Get over it.
Coryatjohn...are you seeious! If anything film is coming back into popularity i have sevral film cameras that i use more than my D700. Digital is amazing but its almost like cheating ompared to film. I fee, so much better About a piece of work that ive spent days on in the dark room then i do on one i worked on for 20 minutes on lightroom 3. In my opinion and in the opinon of maany of my peer, film is not dead and js not going anywhere anytime soon!
I'm sorry, but film is as dead as latin.
Film requires chemicals that aren't exactly good for the planet.
Film creates a lot of waste.
Film lacks that "instant feedback" that digital provides.
Film limits the number of images you can shoot (36?).
There are always people looking to do stuff "old school" and I think that's great. If you want to spend three days in a dark room messing with negatives, please tell me the secret of how you get that kind of free time, because I barely have time to eat lunch.
Yea, film cameras are cheap. I just suffered the angst of selling a $600 investment for $50 just to get rid of a camera, flash and 3 lenses that has been collecting dust since the switch to digital. There is no replacement for instant verification of a shot, during the time available for repeating the shot if needed, and there is no replacement for the ability to shoot frames without cost limited only by the size of the memory card. Not to mention the many times film was ruined by various problems.
I have sympathy for those left with film cameras on the shelf, but I have no interest in buying a film camera. Those days are over, and will not likely be back.
Im down with digital photography. I know more than the average person about both digital and film photgraghphy. It is my proffesion,i do it everyday and i am much happeier wjth my film work then digital. In my opinion, any one could pick up a d3000 and PS elements9 and make a picture look good. I guess its what seperates the ametures from the true artists
Can one even buy "camera" film?
Film is dead as a mainstream source of photography yes, but it does not mean that film is outdated in it's ability to create great images. For the random person that ends up reading this comment, here's a few things to consider:
1) Yes film can still be bought, 400 iso Fuji goes for as low as 2.50 a roll on Amazon prime. Places such as a few Costco photo centers can still develop your film on the spot, if not places such as Walmart will ship out your film to be processed.
2) Film offers you instant full frame, or even medium frame at a fraction of the price of the digital equivalent. $20 can get you a SLR shooting $2 a roll 35mm film and give you full frame or ~$100-$150 can get you a TRL lens camera that shoots $3 120 film giving you medium format.
3) film SLR bodies and lenses are quite cheap, giving you some amazing classic optics for a fraction of the digital version. $50 can purchase you a 50mm 1.4 Canon FD, $20 for a AE-1 or T70 body and your set for beautiful bokeh portraits.
I'm not going to say that if your starting or should pick film over digital if you can only choose one or the other. However if your truly into photography , then there is little reason for you not to pick up a cheap slr, or rangefinder, and use it to supplement your dslr camera. Your DSLR may have extreme ISOs, OISS, and more modern optics, but there will always be something unique in what a specific asa, or film brand gives you in it's end product that digital can never copy.