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View Poll Results: Do you shoot Film or Digital?
All Film 183 20.09%
Mostly Film, Some Digital 339 37.21%
All Digital 49 5.38%
Mostly Digital, Some Film 340 37.32%
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Old 09-16-2013   #161
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With the serious lack of resources to develop and acquire film around me, I was forced to move to digital
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Old 10-18-2013   #162
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Yes, I shoot film or digital.
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Old 11-23-2013   #163
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In the 90s of course only film.
From 2000 on only digital.
Between 2005 and 2009 some film, but not very much. Afterwards only digital again.
Since some weeks ago, more and more film - but still 75% digital.
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Old 11-24-2013   #164
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for a while... neither!

now it's a steady mix of film and collodion, with some digital tossed in if I'm doing a favor for someone. I will not shoot digital for any of my personal work.

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Old 12-05-2013   #165
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Interesting Results

These are interesting poll results for sure. But I can personally understand why film remains popular.

Believe me, I have nothing at all against digital, but the cameras are sooo boring. Everytime I think I might want to move entirely to digital I gather up my cameras to have a big sale. But the moment I pick up my Contax IIa, or my Leica II, or my Voigtlander Bessa 1, or my Rollei, I just give it up. Even with all the retro designs out today there is still nothing at all in the digital world that even comes close to competing with any of these classics.

I actually think it might be easier to go the other way.
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Old 12-09-2013   #166
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I'm transitioning back to mostly, if not 99.9% film. I only have one client that I do work for fairly regularly that digital really is the better choice because of how the images are used.
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Old 12-10-2013   #167
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I'm transitioning back to mostly, if not 99.9% film. I only have one client that I do work for fairly regularly that digital really is the better choice because of how the images are used.
You need to write more about the reasons, methods, insights on why you are successful in using film for your clients.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who would enjoy reading how you did it.
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Old 12-11-2013   #168
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Resurrecting this comment because I get it all the time too. What do people think I'm doing? Pretending? I reloaded my camera today and people commented that it was years since they'd seen it done... Where do you get it developed??
I think you have to forgive people in these situations. They most likely got their film developed by the local drug store in the past, so now that they don't see it offered, it is dead to them. It's niche.
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Old 12-15-2013   #169
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I can't pick a choice, depends what I'm trying to do. Pinhole will be film and I have a few of those. Need to break out my TLR more often, and that will be film. Also have a Fujifilm X-Pro 1digital and a little point and shot digital. I don't have clients so what I shot and he I shoot it is up to me.
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Old 12-15-2013   #170
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Yes.
But I'm a Leica shooter so it's easy to shoot both.
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Old 12-15-2013   #171
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All photos I shoot "for myself" are on film. But I have a dslr that takes my nice canon lenses for family stuff.
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Old 12-30-2013   #172
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I use both film and digital
The digital replaces polaroid for me and works great for the internet use for over 17 years know.
Film is great for long lasting and fine work. I use it since 1963.
I do think film today is still finding it new place and will take more time find that guess a few years

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Old 01-17-2014   #173
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Digital for convenience, film for pleasure.

Probably 80-90 per cent film (black & white), 20 per cent digital (mainly colour, with a D90) but more and more I find myself using my iPhone 5, both for colour and black and white (black and white with the Hueless app).
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Old 01-19-2014   #174
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I am one of the few it appears, that shoot all digital. I like my digital darkroom much better than my wet darkroom, so I left film behind. Although I do like the images that I have that I made with film, especially the B&W. Digital gives me a lot more control, without having to figure out base density plus fog, etc.
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Old 01-29-2014   #175
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In poor/low light, always digital (and I do a lot of this).

The rest of the time film as much as possible, although I have to admit to just buying a cheap apsc dslr as a back up to my film stuff on the street.
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Old 01-29-2014   #176
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It appears,
Mostly Film and some Digital
and
Mostly Digital with some Film
are tied at 300 each as of 1-29-2014......

Interesting....

I am mostly digital with some film (B&W and home develop/scan)

EDIT:
It would be interesting to know the results for 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and compare to the 2013-2014 results
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Old 01-29-2014   #177
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I had a hard time with the poll because sometimes I shoot mostly film, other times mostly digital, but I figured budgetary restraints have me shooting more digital, as I don't have to purchase film, chemistry, and paper. But I'm not giving up film, and my most recent purchase was an Olympus 35 SP, on its way to me now, and funded by selling my Fuji X10. My E-M5 and Sigma Merrill aren't going anywhere, though, nor is my Hasselblad 500 C/M, and a number of other film cameras.
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Old 04-29-2014   #178
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Film due to like (and unemployment) , the dslr is getting dustier by the day.
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Old 05-23-2014   #179
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Old 11-27-2014   #180
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Old 12-03-2014   #181
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With mixed feelings, I clicked on all digital. I made the switch after a year shooting mostly 120 film. There are many aspects of film photography that I preferred, both on the capture and on the output side. But, I gained respect for digital as a different, and in some ways quite satisfying, medium. Recognising that motivated me to rethink how I approach many aspects of the photographic process using digital cameras.
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Now all digital

With mixed feelings, I clicked on all digital. I made the switch after a year shooting mostly 120 film. There are many aspects of film photography that I preferred, both on the capture side and on the output side. But, I gained respect for digital as a different, and in some ways quite satisfying, medium. Recognising that motivated me to rethink how I approach many aspects of the photographic process using digital cameras. I enjoy digital much more than I did before taking something of a hiatus from it.
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Old 01-18-2015   #183
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100% film or almost 100
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Old 01-20-2015   #184
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Old 03-11-2015   #185
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I keep alternating between film and digital, and now tend to take both digital and film cameras (a Ricoh and Leica) when traveling.

If I am honest, there is really very little that I can do with film that could not be done with digital and some fairly straightforward post processing. However, I find the limitations of film useful as a way of learning. There is also a tactile pleasure to the Leica that is lacking from any digital camera that I have used.

But ironically I much prefer the Ricoh (digital) over the Leica for street photography. For one, I can use much higher ISOs to freeze movement, and I also think that the freedom to shoot numerous images allows for much less inhibited experimentation - I can see why some famous street photographers died while leaving thousands of unprocessed negatives...
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Old 04-06-2015   #186
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I prefer to use my Retina cameras (IIIc and Automatic III) over my Kodak P880. The manual focus on the Retina cameras (especially the Automatic III) is a breeze, and the manual focus on the P880 is a pain. You're given a focusing screen on the P880, and I can't get a definite focus from it. I don't trust the autofocus; I think my pictures should have greater clarity than they do have, considering that the camera has a Schneider-Kreutznach Varigon lens. My Retina cameras deliver beautiful pictures. When I want high picture quality, I'll always resort to either one of my Retina cameras. Only when I'm out with someone and want to show them the immediate result of having their picture taken do I use the digital camera with autofocus.
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Old 05-10-2015   #187
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[...]I would guess 80 % film is my game.
Nowadays I would poll for "Mostly Digital, Some Film". The game changer were the
Fuji X100 replacing the Ricoh 500GX (mechanically not perfect)
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Fuji X-Pro1 system replacing the Minolta Vectis S-1 system (my APS film stock goes to end)

The Hexar RF for M lenses remains the main film camera today. I'm now in the opposite 80/20 distribution as four years ago.
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Old 05-10-2015   #188
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Old 05-13-2015   #189
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Yes! Mostly digital in numbers, more keepers in film.
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Film is so much more pleasurable to shoot with so I've let most of my digital cameras collect dust. I don't know if I'm more concerned about the results or the process of shooting anymore. I'm leaning towards the shooting experience but I enjoy viewing the results sometime after the actual shooting. Even when I shoot digital now, I don't like looking at the images for a while. I feel like I just saw the photos when I took them so they need some time to be more interesting to look at. Film gives me the time because I'm always excited to see what that roll of film has on it and sometimes even forgot I took that picture. There was a time when it was almost 100% digital, but now film has made a major comeback in my photography.
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Film is so much more pleasurable to shoot with so I've let most of my digital cameras collect dust. I don't know if I'm more concerned about the results or the process of shooting anymore. I'm leaning towards the shooting experience but I enjoy viewing the results sometime after the actual shooting. Even when I shoot digital now, I don't like looking at the images for a while. I feel like I just saw the photos when I took them so they need some time to be more interesting to look at. Film gives me the time because I'm always excited to see what that roll of film has on it and sometimes even forgot I took that picture. There was a time when it was almost 100% digital, but now film has made a major comeback in my photography.
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Old 06-24-2015   #192
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When I could still use a darkroom I would always use film for B&W and print from the negatives. For color I prefer digital.
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Old 08-11-2015   #193
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I'm a 100% film shooter for one reason: it looks better to me.

In my opinion, digital is usually chosen for the wrong reason. I keep hearing the word 'convenience' when there is an internal struggle on which to shoot. Convenience? If you're dedicated to your craft, convenience should not dictate your process.

Case in point:
I see so many photographers shooting digital and post-processing to look as close to film as possible (silver efex, etc). The result, in my opinion, is well short of film. They probably realize this, but continue to shoot digital out of convenience.

You should shoot digital because you prefer the way it looks. There should be no other reason to do so.
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Do you Shoot Film or Digital?

A compendiun of both combined though for different uses.

I got a m43 mirrorless and the iPhone as digital cameras. The latter is a great snapshooter and like it or not it has become the main camera and the one that I do most work with. Obviously due to its absolute availability all the time.
The former I use for more serious snapshooting and low light. BUT I am not a good digital postprocesser and tend to linger on that (entertaining for long nights but tedious and time consuming). Infact, to an extent it is more inconvenient.

In film I have an OM1 and GW690. The former is more versatile and I took on a trip; the latter is for quite serious work and I should use it more.

I am currently a bit bounded by budget but prefer film and enjoy much more the process. The mirrorless I tend so shoot shoot shoot and then just leave the filed in the computer.
Film I have a closer relation with and even if it is scanned and kept as filed I feel a much warmer relation with the work, due to all the thoughtfulness I put into it.
And the iPhone has nice connectivity and fun PP through VSCOcam. Not the most orthodox workflow but I enjoy it a lot.
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Old 09-21-2015   #195
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Just last week got a Fuji GW690 to get back into film. I think the Texas Leica will compliment my M8 (which I love) very well. Got back the first test roll, and boy it is astonishing. Those 6x9 negatives, it's almost like LF. Going out tomorrow with Velvia 50 and a tripod.
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I wonder how many people answered this poll back in 2010 would have the same answer today? I know I was still using film in 2010 and I was still fairly new to digital at that time. It's been six years and lots has changed. The darkroom is gone, the film that was stored in the freezer was given away and my rudimentary computer has been replaced with a 27" iMac. The Leicas have been sold and I'm now shooting with Canon, Fujifilm and Olympus digital cameras without regret. I loved using film when I used it. But in 2016, I'm also loving digital.
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I think the more we can bring our photographic work closer to a personal level the more we can benefit from it. Both digital & film cameras can help with this - they are just tools. We need to discover which tool works best for each one of us. Here is my personal discovery on what works best for my particular needs.

From 1981 to 2005 I was shooting only 35mm film. In 2005 I bought my first DSLR and my film usage eventually dropped to less than 5% over the first year, but it never completely went away.

Late 2011, I discovered how affordable used medium format (MF) film cameras had become. I did not expect my experimentation with a 645 film camera would enable me to discover my love for the challenge & process of creating MF images. Viewing the resulting captured images on physical medium format slides completely revived, changed & expanded my passion for photography. I was able to see a significant growth in my photographic skills. I now have 645, 6x6, and 690 format cameras (Mamiya RF & Fujifilm RF), 35mm (Nikon SLR & Olympus RF) and DSLR (Nikon).

Since 2012, I have been shooting more 120 & 35mm film along with my DSLR. My film usage has been pretty consistent each month. Depending on my mood, it ranges 4-8 rolls of 120 and 1-4 rolls of 35mm film per month. In summary, I use my film cameras to make images which embed a part of my passion, as a by product of this work-flow, and I use the DSLR's for family snapshots to capture fleeting moments with our children.
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All digital eventhough I have a soft corner for films.
To me ,its the convinience and cost of digital images.
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