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Metadiscussion: Why is there a debate about film vs. digital?

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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

This thought was spurred by an absurd thread on photo.net.
photo.net/film-and-processing-forum/00ROOo

This is possibly the longest thread in P.N history, and as usual it has devolved into the most asinine type of conversation -- discussing minutia such as the analog nature of grain, comparing anecdotal images (look, this shot was done on film and it looks GREAT!), general bickering and name-calling.

What I wonder is: who cares?

Clearly, people who use digital cameras sometimes take nice pictures with them and sometimes take awful pictures with them.

Clearly, people who use film cameras sometimes take nice pictures with them and sometimes take awful pictures with them.

Film photographers have something to gain by convincing more people to buy film because this helps guarantee that their media continues on. However, it takes two to tango... and film doesn't threaten digital at all.

So why can't people just be happy that other people are choosing the media that they prefer and be done with it? Is it simply petty "my thing is better than your thing"?

Jason
10:32AM, 14 November 2008 PDT (permalink)