AgentOdd 4:06pm, 3 February 2005
With all the new advancements in Digital Photography, will 35mm still be an avaliable medium to take photographs with in the future?
Osbornb PRO 13 years ago
I think so. Film is a wonderful medium. I have a digital camera but I still go back to my 35mm.
HighPlainsDox [deleted] 12 years ago
It still better be available for a long time to come. :)

I get a kick out of people telling me their digital has n megapixels. I freely tell 'em that my film cameras have infinite megapixels. LOL!
asterope* 12 years ago
i agree highplainsdox... infinite megapixels... just bring on the best scanner!

digital photography, while handy and accessible, is a new technology, and with all new technologies is growing and changing at such a high rate... your new digital camera will be obsolete in 2 years time.
while a film camera will never be obsolete, and can always any megapixel image, it depends on the scan resolution.
dawntreaderuk2003 12 years ago
Did some math(s) this morning. For a 9mp DSLR (350d anyone ?) the sensor is likely to be of a size around 3600 x 2500 (3 to 2 ratio). So on a 10 x 8 enlargement the dpi will be around 350 on each edge. At 12 x 10 this becomes 300 x 250 dpi, 300dpi is considered the minimum for graphical work apparntly.
A 35mm neg scanned at 1800 dpi (cheapo scanner) will resolve at 8 x 10 to about 225-250 dpi so this would imply the DSLR is better BUT the negative can be scanned at higher resolution or processed with an enlarger to give an almost infinite enlargement (allowing for scratches, dust etc.) whereas the DSLR cannot be forced to give a higher resolution. For a 6 x 4.5 MF slide a scan would give even higher resolution from 1800 dpi.
Therefore for 6 x 4 , 7 x 5 and 10 x 8 both DSLR and 35mm are suitable for digital processing but for larger prints it has to be film or a pro DSLR.
Cost of my gear (s/h Canon 500 AF - OK kit lenses) is about £300 (GB) with a scanner, even with film costs that's a big step from even a consumer DSLR. Until DSLR matures , i.e the EOS 5D is the entry level I will keep well clear !
bobby stokes 10 years ago
i still listen to vinyl
Nij48 Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Nij48 (member) 10 years ago
I totally agree with Dawn.
I bought a Minolta SLR as a test out to see if i liked photography enough to fork out hundreds for a DSLR.
I have since bought a Epson scanner which also scans film upto 12800 DPI (I would love to know the maths on that!) and I couldnt be happier. I have a digital P&S, and use that more, because I struggle to get films to the photographers for developing. If only i could process them my self eh LOL

Oh...and Bobby, you cannot beat vinyl!
RobB&W PRO 10 years ago
With the ever increasing promises of digital , all of the best Rock and Roll Images in my life have been taken with film. As it is with music, all of the best albums were slapped on to 2 inch tape then vinyl. I have not heard anything like Electric Ladyland, or seen anything better than the photos of Jim Marshall.
matteoprez Posted 10 years ago. Edited by matteoprez (member) 10 years ago
I personally don't fear the death of 35mm medium, I more fear the death of 35mm photographers!
Shutting down soon [deleted] 9 years ago
Well sadly, I think so. My dad has a WONDERFUL Canon AE-1, and i've been looking all over at retail stores for 35mm film cameras online; places like bestbuy, circuit city, they don't sell them anymore. It makes me want to cry :-(
I fear the death of 135mm film itself. At some point it will be too expensive for Fuji to make the stuff. Kodak is getting out of the market. Polaroid is no longer making Polaroid film. Agfa is long gone. This week, my pro lab told me this was the last week they were going to process the roll of E6 film I brought in for them in-house. From now on they were going to send out the processing to another city because they can't afford the chemicals with so few people asking for E6 processing.
Shelly Tee PRO 9 years ago
i think 35mm photography will be around for a long while yet.
Rustboy 9 years ago
Nothing lasts forever. Even if it is dying, what difference does it make in the present? Get out there and shoot while it's still around!
mp2012 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by mp2012 (member) 9 years ago
Think of it this way:
35mm films' average resolution is about 22 mega pixles.
The Canon EOS 1D-s is the only consumer camera to have near that amount with 21.1 mega pixles
The Canon EOS 1D-s also costs $10,000.
Kodak Gold ASA 200 film costs $4.79 at my local CVS
Yeah, 35mm film isn't going to die.

Also, the look and feel of film can't be accurately reproduced with digital.
Read what Ken Rockwell says.
silvibee 9 years ago
Awesome link 'mp2012'

& I also agree with Matteo. I hope it sticks around as long as I do.
Joseph Hollick 9 years ago
The latest death blow to 35 mm print film hit me this past weekend.

I was at Costco in Hamilton Canada picking up the pictures from my latest two rolls of print film and the sales lady told me that once their current supply of 35 mm colour print film had sold out, they would not be getting any more in to sell.

The good news was that she did say that there were no plans yet to stop developing films.
MyScenes 9 years ago
I wonder if it'll be harder to develop even 35 mm in the future, like 120 is today. You can still find the service, but often not locally and it's more expensive. Even processing 35mm near me is a bit high, and some processors either have to send it out, or do a lousy job with it. There's still a few places here that I can take it to here. I haven't found any stores that sell film that don't sell 35mm. They don't always have a huge variety, but at least have 200 speed, 400 speed, and B&W. I haven't seen 120 film available here. I found some Polaroid 600 here. Disposable cameras filled with 35mm are everywhere.

It's interesting to read what people thought about film and digital 4 years ago when this post started. Digital has improved, but it still has its flaws. We're sharing photos online more than ever, and thankfully there are more film scanning services out there now. A store near me even can take 35mm negatives and put them on a CD. Haven't tried it to see what the resolution is, but it's tempting.
sparkes64 8 years ago
With Kodak planning a new 35mm slr for the growing market in india it's safe to say film isn't going anywhere just yet.
Joseph Hollick 8 years ago
Sad news. I was at Costco in Hamilton Canada and as of last week they stopped processing and developing 35 mm film.
I may have to retire my Mamiya 35 mm film camera now.
olveres PRO 8 years ago

Why not just self develop, it's great fun :-)
mario.brecher 8 years ago
i realy hope so! because i just startet with it.
La Branĉaro PRO 8 years ago
I have been told by workers at a couple of professional camera shops that film will be around for a long time. I do think there will be a contraction in the range of films available, sure, but perhaps that will just concentrate the market. And, with the advent of this digital age, even if your local store stops selling it, you can always order some online! And, you can always send it to a lab through the mail to have it developed.

The local lab I use (Precision Camera in Austin, Texas) does a really wonderful job with my 35mm film. They develop it and put it on a CD, and I think they do a great job. Almost every time I go in there, I'm behind someone buying or dropping off 35mm film.

I hope the digital obsession is just a fad, and that as more and more people get tired of digital, or find that it doesn't satisfy their artistic endeavors, they'll turn back to film and companies will re-embrace the film process by making film and film cameras for a long time. Go to a good music shop and look at all the rows and rows of new vinyl records! A truly good medium won't die easily.
ronskar 8 years ago
35mm film is definitely dying, but I don't *think* we'll see that death in our lifetime (at least I hope not). But who can predict the future?

I use both film and digital. Since I also fear the death of film, I've been reluctant to buy a medium format film camera. I'll just keep on using my 35mm film gear, which I love almost as much as taking photographs.

And yes, vinyl rules. That's my preferred medium (followed by CD). I don't do digital downloads.
RobB&W PRO Posted 7 years ago. Edited by RobB&W (member) 7 years ago
Film "is" Photography, and Photography with cameras as we know them is dying. Digital is killing off itself as well. Why buy a digital camera when you have one in your phone. Camera sales are plummeting. Having a camera around your neck is becoming a strange thing. I will shoot film until it is no longer available, and hopefully I will always be able to get it. The Human element so brilliantly captured in the 20th century with film, is being replaced with digital logic, changing our language, rapport, and Ideals.
Burnt Umber 7 years ago
I see a large resurgence in 35mm photography as well as medium format. The Holga and several other oddball cheap cameras are making a comeback. Why spend hours post processing your images to look like film when you can shoot film.

They will pry my Pentax K-1000 from my cold dead hands.
"Camera sales are plummeting".

Ridiculous statement and not at all true.
Stephanie Saucier 7 years ago
I started shooting digital, but took a class with film. I will always have my film camera with me along with my digital camera. I bulk roll all my film because of cost. I didn't realize how amazing film was until I started using it.

I don't believe that camera sales are plummeting. If anything, they are rising because of the resurgence of the Holga, etc. Maybe you think they are plummeting because people are using their older cameras or buying used/refurbished and not purchasing new ones.
RAHetherington 7 years ago
I still like to use it. I have an old Olympus OM 10 and love it.
Roberto Miglioli [deleted] 7 years ago
Film will never die. There´s more people using film today than there was 30 years ago. We´v seen Kodak and Fuji discontinuing production of a few veri particular kinds of films, like Kodachrome (wich have a very complicated development process) and Provalue (ok, I confess I don´t know why the hell Fuji discontinued this film). On the other hand, Kodak launched the new Ektar and Portra.
brewsband 7 years ago
This debate is as old as dirt, but worthy of discussion! I have been a pro photog since the mid-80s and have extensive use of 35mm & 2 1/4 film stock. I also work in the business as a photo finisher/counter help at several labs in the L.A. area. The question of digital replacing film photography has been propping up at the counter since 1999. I have always said the same thing when asked, "Is the digital revolution going to replace 35mm film?" My simple answer is... "NO!" Now, here's my take on the issue. Digital photography is a new phenomemon, and has been around for about 30+ years where 35mm technology is about 110+ years old. There are about 5 times the number of 35mm cameras on the planet as I type this response as there are digital cameras. But it goes deeper than that. The first digital cameras, the Canon Zapshot, had a resolution of approximately 280x360 pixels per inch. It was designed to playback on your television. Now, I will say that we have come a long way from those days of tiny files size digital cameras to the 24 mega pixel digital cameras that are almost the same resolution as 35mm film. However, therein lies the rub! Every 18 months the cameras improve meaning you have to rush out and buy a really expensive camera to be competitive with fellow photographers every 2 to 3 years! However, the same Nikon FM2 35mm camera I purchased used for $350 back in '85 is still working like a charm. That's because 35mm film hasn't changed its basic format for 100 years! And, despite what anybody tells you about their $10,000+ digital camera the definition of even 400asa color negative film still blows away anything a digital camera can replicate! And, for all of you people that keep repeating the mantra, "35mm film is going away!" Well, all I can say is the same thing I have said for the last 10 years to my customers, "Even if the Big 3: Kodak, Fuji and Ilford, decided tomorrow to stop making film we will still get it from China!" I go on to tell them that after the Big 3 China is the number one producer of film on the planet! When I'm not taking pictures I'm playing electric guitar through a Fender Bassman Blackface amp that runs on tubes... tubes that comes from - wait for it... CHINA!! Recently I have been shooting with a Holga 120N camera and have been finding a whole bunch of people shooting with medium format cameras and they have enjoyed a new comeback creating a whole new profit stream for the lab I work at - the only one in the area that processes the 120/220 film used in the cameras. And don't worry we have a whole wall of film to choose from when you come in! I work at a famous camera store in Westwood Village, CA and give classes in Toy Camera Photography... FILM WILL NEVER DIE!!
Blue Noise 7 years ago
I fear the death of this group first. No new discussions in a month!
watermakers [deleted] 7 years ago
Came from 35mm to digital and went back to 35mm (still use my digital)
I love the natural look of the images, and that you have to put some effort in making a shot.
I dont think it's gonna die, it will live!!

And I still buy (new) Afga film today (at 2,69 euro per roll!).
The company maybe gone the one that took over still makes Afga film.
Captain-Pixel 7 years ago
Last week Ive burned a roll of KODAK Portra 800/120 on the party I have attended.

According to the comments made by Helen Bach forum, [IMHO great site] I have rated the film @2000 ASA and shot away with my 'ol Flexaret TLR. An old hand held meter, that I have bought 2nd hand for 70 USD, helped me to guess my exposures. No flash was used. available light only.

I cannot describe how amazed I was once the film got back from the lab. I have asked them for "push +2" process. They have also scanned the images for me.

The image quality I have achieved blown my head off.

If I were using my EOS 7D sans flash, the images will be much worse. Try to underexpose 2 stops and then push it back during the post processing and you will see what i am talking about.

Digital snappers tend to shot the hell out of their cameras, dump it all onto the disk of their computer once they get home and forget about it. "Well, why not, it does not make any difference how many snaps you take, it's digital, you can delete it of you don't like it and shot it again, right?" O:-)

IMHO I dont think film photography will disappear anytime soon. As many people wrote earlier, Lomo strikes back, and there is a huge number of young photographers who think shooting film is cool again. They want to be different, maybe they are aware of the advantages film gives us and they want to work around the cons which we all know about.. That's great and I am glad for that!

For me, film photography is something I like, something different, something that makes me think more when I am shooting. [even when shooting digital]

As I say, photography always was about expression, mood and beauty, not about megapixels, uber-sharp images and crystal clear exposures.

At the end, photography is still an art !
Blia100 PRO 7 years ago
fing eh! That's telling them!
I get asked all the time, "Why do you still shoot film?" It's starting to get to the point that I'm just fed up with answering with a polite answer.
I've only once said, "Because Film has a better latitude for color, light, prints, and flexibility, then digital. Not to mention, with Digital, if something is underexposed, it's done...."
I love film!
I am in some scoring groups that people JUST SHOOT DIGITAL. And I pop in and drop my film shots from time to time. I get the oddest comments.. "That's too noisy!"... it's not NOISE, it's GRAIN. And there's a MASSIVE difference between noise and grain. Grain is real, it's tangible, and proves the reality of the exposure. Noise is just that. Pixels that were activated, but contain no surrounding data, so they just pixelate as red green and blue.
I've shot at 3200 ISO on my dig, and lets face it. even with the best NR, it's still pretty noisy. Where as when I (never shot it yet but I've been trying to get the film) have seen shots at 3200ASA film, the grain is negligable. In fact, it's tight, it's clean, and it helps the photo a lot! I love it!
I've also pointed out when I'm shooting M/F that my film will provide me with a negative that is 6x6cm that I can scan or enlarge in a darkroom for a 42x42 print that will blow away ANY digital camera. In fact, not only will it blow away the digital in quality, I can also do it for a meer pittance of what the Digital camera cost, even if it was the model from 6 years ago!
I've got a Canon 40D and a Rebel XS 1000D. I love those cameras, I use them every day, and I will probably keep using them until their shutter freezes up, or they disintigrate into the refuse piles of slag that haunt us in our landfills. The photos that come out of those digitally are stunning, but there's something funny about the sterility of those cameras. They don't feel tangible. The thought of shooting on a camera that will give near perfect results through interpolation of light, shutter, and POV without really any input at all, seems rather .... off.
I like using my film camera that has no light meter, in fact, I've been using it for the past month, and I love it! The problem is, I have no clue how any shot is going to come out until I get the rolls developed at the end of this month.
I like knowing that there are LOMO photogs out there that are shooting color shifted film, or film so saturated that it hurts. It means that this artform is growing in popularity! I hope to see Kodak and Fuji pump up their lines in response.... That would be awesome!
Long live film! May it outlive our childrens children!
Blia100 PRO 7 years ago

I agree with this statement!

my only comment to it...

They'll pry my AE-1 from my cold dead hands! (unless my AE-1 dies first........)
Although, I'm tempted to get an A1......
ber-yo! 6 years ago
long live film! they can't take away my Yashica lynx 5000e and mamiya 35 s2 from me! hope that Kodak will come back soon...
Johnny Martyr 6 years ago
Stop worrying and keep shooting!
Gar_Mc PRO 6 years ago
Film will be around as long as there are camera that use it. There is still a demand, it is just that retailers don't won't to mess with it because they don't understand it. Film is still used in a lot of crime scene photos as well, it is more dependable and less likely to be argured in court that pixels were tampered with. The supply of filem may change and become more specialized, but it will be here for many, many decades. We must remember that some people are still using wet plates long after they were made obselete.
Agree with Johnny Martyr. Shoot more! As long as there is sufficient demand for 35mm film, someone will make it.
Alex takes photos. PRO 5 years ago
Until they make a limitless megapixel format, film will always have its place. Not to mention an excellent tool for the real photographer [I went from digital bridge to DSLR to film and now use both]
Also the inolvement in the process of film is much more linked.
Load the film, compose the shot, unload the film, dev the film, scan / print.
That feeling is way better then squeezing of a few shots on digital and then looking at the results instantly.
For me anyway.
jamax52 PRO 5 years ago
I have been selling a lot of expired film for a local photographer that is in ill health and needs money, and if the interest and response is an indication, film will stay around as long as film cameras do. If you go to the hardware store look at how many hammers are still displayed... Air nailers are much easier.
Sepia Prince 5 years ago
I still listen to CDs and cassettes when times allows. - *wink*

Big up to all the 35mm photography lovers!
ryan.acree 5 years ago
Vinyl records are still being made. Hello.
ber-yo! 5 years ago
agreed to johnny martyr too! shoot while we can!
SilverChrome7 5 years ago
I miss my typewriter and 8-track cassettes :-(
J-Rod85 5 years ago
I do not think film will go away for a while. In fact, although some of the popular film emulsions have been discontinued, a number of film formats that have been dead for nearly a decade are being reborn.

There are still effects and techniques that can only be accomplished using film. And to me, film offers a nice security as you automatically have a hardcopy. That may be a burden for some having to deal with storing all the negatives or slides, but to me it's nice knowing I have that.
philwhite1959 5 years ago
Just to put my pen'ath.
you can look on ebay at any time, and see how many digital cameras are for sale 'spares or repair', or 'for parts only'.
Don't see many film cameras in that condition!
thefilmlove 5 years ago
Film will always have its niche in photography. With toy cameras like holga and diana, becoming very popular just goes to show that film will always be there.
scoobysnacker 5 years ago
I think that film will soon experience a revival. Consider the growing sales of the MILC (mirrorless interchangeable lens camera) segment; the micro 4/3 and Sony NEX cameras. While shooting with a native, AF lens is still used by the majority, more and more people are mounting old legacy lenses and shooting manual focus in Aperture Priority or Manual modes. People do this because older, "dead mount" lenses like Minolta MC/MD and Canon FD are cheap as hell (though rising due to new demand) in comparison to modern AF equivalents, but optically still very good. You can get a 50mm f1.7 for around $10 on ebay, or much less at a thrift shop.

This leads to a couple of things which will benefit the rebirth of film. One, more and more people who do this will become more comfortable using manual focus, then other manual settings; they get to know what they're doing. The prices of the lenses will make it easy to gather up a fairly complete set of, say, Rokkor primes (as in my case).

In my case, having a bunch of Rokkors and being comfortable in full manual mode, I came across a Minolta SRT 202 for a bit over $10 and decided why not? I may as well use the gear as intended.

There has to be a lot of others with the same point of view
Johnny Martyr 5 years ago
If you feared you were going to die, you'd probably go live your life to the fullest, so do the same with 35mm film!
Jeffrey's Photos PRO 5 years ago
Kodak and Fuji are almost certainly to end production of film sometime in the near future, but consider that both companies function on an economic model based on the need for a huge consumer market that buys low cost products. The professional products that each makes has always been the cream from those sales and was used a means of marketing and brand value. Add in the kinds of pension load that Kodak has and it's just not sustainable for them to make niche products.

So that's the bad news.

The good news? Film itself, in pretty much any size or emulsion, is pretty easy to make. It's got enough of a market to keep smaller manufacturers busy for a long time. Kodak also has vast amounts of patents for products they no longer make and as that intellectual property gathers dust, they'll sell it off. I wouldn't be shocked if even Kodachrome comes back some day.

Film will be around for a very long time. It might get more expensive and there's bound to be quality control issues and convenience factors to work in, but painting didn't stop when photography was born, vinyl hasn't gone out of favour, etc, etc. We'll just have to be flexible.
Przerywnik 5 years ago
not for me Mister ;) :D
Michael Ranta 4 years ago
I take my 35mm on trips because of its reliability. My camera can get banged around, fall off a train (happened), or baked in the heat and it will still work. I am sure there are people that are just as attached to the process and aesthetic that there is no digital stand-in for.
There is a real and discernible qualitative difference between chemistry based 35mm imagry and physics based digital imagry. I use both formats and love both, digital for its obvious convenience and film for its aesthetics. Nothing to be gained in arguing whether film is "better" than digital. Are dogs better than cats? Are oranges better than apples?

I attended a wedding this past weekend on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The drive to and from the venue and the venue itself afforded many excellent photographic opportunities. I packed no less than six cameras to cover the event and ended up with 310 photographs including 72 film photos (23% of the total).

The cameras included a digital Nikon D70 SLR (60 images), a digital Sony A200 SLR (163 images), a Blackberry Z10 Smartphone (15 images), an old all manual Yashica FX-3 film camera (24 images), a Contax T2 film camera (24 images), and a Yashica T4 compact film camera (24 images). All three of these film cameras have acquired a sort of cult status in the film world (or at the very least in my own mind).

I posted 87 (28%) of the 310 original images on flickr and rejected 228 (72%).

What I found interesting is that of the 87 posted images, 43% (37 images) were film and 57% (50 images) were digital.

In other words I ended up using 51% of the original film images but only 21% of the original digital images.

From a documentary perspective the critical part of the experience was the event - the outdoor wedding. For that I relied exclusively on the Sony digital (and of course rejected most of those because that's what you do with digital). That does not mean the Sony in incapable of artistic work. It is a beautiful camera in that regard, but the results I knew I would get using film would have the film "look" for images that I could take time and care composing. So the three film cameras I reserved for landscapes and beach scenes and geological formations, etc.

But nothing is simple. I have developed a special relationship with my Nikon D70 and for me the results using this camera rival those I get from film. So, I ended up also taking a large number of "artistic" shots with the Nikon.

And - to complicate matters even more - I have recently discovered (horrors to purists) that the most "interesting" images I have ever taken have been taken using my new Blackberry Z10! This puzzles me. I have posted over 4600 images on flickr and fewer of 150 of those (at the time of writing this) using the Blackberry Z10 - yet, nearly one-half of my top 50 most "interesting" images are from the Z10. Why is that? I don't know. But it is so.

At this point I am not sure whether I've made any point here at all - except perhaps that I love photography in all of its manifestations. But from my own personal experience it is film that excites the imagination. I don't wish that film will survive. Of course it will because it is different and it is beautiful.
Josh J Street 4 years ago
35 is a great focal length, and with the release of the Sigma 35 1.4 it has totally been revived! It's my go to lens!
ber-yo! 4 years ago
35mm FOCAL LENGTH?! i thought were talking about 35mm photographic film format here?...well, film is really different, photos have organic feel in them, and from what i've seen on some random video...the serendipity of the shots...
Ceny Blu 3 years ago
I shoot film, but most of the places here in the city where we're able to develope our films are rejecting film rolls, this is cause most of people print their digital photos and not many are currently shooting film rolls, it's sad, but until the end I will keep shooting film :')
Just think the OP started this topic in 2005, yet here we are now still using and discussing 35mm film? The format of film is still strong, the reason for that is still to this very day professionals like to use medium or large format cameras.

So across the board we see that different size formats are proven to be favoured, if I was shooting a model yes, I could use an expensive digital camera or I could use an expensive large format analogue camera.

It comes down to personal preference, though you can combine the two:

Which is essentially the best of both worlds from the lens body combination, though of course you are not exposing film you are in fact exposing the sensor. The only question I would have though is if using this method, the digital body would have to be full frame?
David Rothwell (rothwell172):

And don't forget Ferrania opened their old factory's again to produce 35mm 120 film and also 8 and 16mm scene film. The demand was high enough to collect 300k Dollars to get the factory's back in business.

Also Leica released a few weeks ago a new 35mm film body and Hasselblad released a new body which intent to support film backs to. Yes the demand was high for film also from hasselblad.

AFGA still produces Dia Slides + negatives and in germany there are stores which has walls of 10 by 10 meters full of un-exposed film and all brand new stock.

I've seen pictures and videos in china and japan they have massive film only stores which is almost a supermarket full of film and chem's

115 Months ago this topic has been made. I see analog growing again. I got the a7 but I really love to shoot analog to. especially with 6x6 format on dia film that's amazing!

But look at canvas arts we got photoshop and all digital paint tools. But people still prefer real paint real canvas made with tools. And yes Digital and Analog is exact same as Photoshop and Canvas / Oil Painting.
vic.nor 3 years ago
This thread is slightly hilarious since it started 10 years ago. I think one could say today (2015) that 135-film (and maybe 120-film) is most likely the last film to disappear from the store shelves. So film has at least a couple of decades more to go!

I suppose that in 10 years time it will probably be popular and hipster to use an iPhone 1 ;)
RobB&W PRO 2 years ago
There will always be 35mm film, and 35mm cameras. The whole 20th century as we see it was recorded largely with this format. I shoot both, but always prefer film as being physical beauty. The experience is also different,(making Silver Prints) more decisions to make when composing. Also almost all film cameras keep some value, where digital looses value..even against itself.
Take a look in this website (Flickr): digital photos colors are fake, artificial, digital photos are soulless. They are sharper, but they lack the plasticity of film. Almost everyone who discorer or re-discover film never return to digital.
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