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View Poll Results: Do you shoot Film or Digital?
All Film 184 20.02%
Mostly Film, Some Digital 343 37.32%
All Digital 49 5.33%
Mostly Digital, Some Film 343 37.32%
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Old 09-15-2010   #1
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Do you Shoot Film or Digital?

Do you shoot Film or Digital?

Vote one of the 4 choices which most closely fits your style.

Let's see what develops ..

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Old 09-15-2010   #2
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60% digital (because it pays for my home), 39% film (more if I had more time for my personal work), 1% talk about it because anything more is a waste of precious life and takes away from shooting.
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Old 09-15-2010   #4
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hmmm... more time or shots. I shoot more shots with digital but I'm spending more time with my film cameras.
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100% film.
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Old 09-15-2010   #7
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This is just like the other thread. 99% film and I do enjoy my M8 once in awhile. - Jim
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Old 09-15-2010   #9
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Almost completely film. Once in a while the DSLR comes out, but rarely.

I'd shoot more digi if someone wants to donate a m8/m9.... but I doubt that'll happen.
I'm pretty happy in the darkroom anyway.

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Old 09-15-2010   #10
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Old 09-15-2010   #11
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I'd say about 80 percent film and 20 percent digital. I use a digi P/S to sketch out my film shots. I find it's a less expensive way to determine if I've actually got a shot or not.

I'll usually keep the sketches that work then return with film. It actually saves me money, film and time. I also use it for snapshots for family and friends by email.
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Okay, I'll play: approximately 80% film; the balance is divvied up between my (borrowed) Olympus C-8080, my tiny-but-fun Casio EX-850, and the camera in my BlackBerry Curve. Thinking about a Samsung TL-500, or maybe that new Nikon P-7000, but I'm not getting any more "into" digital than that, if that.


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Old 09-15-2010   #13
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Using film, promoting film, and serving film community (by offering darkroom printing services). Currently looking for an affordable 8x10 kit

Two film scanners, an Epson inkjet for making digital negatives (alternative and contact printing).

My 2 (only) digital cameras are the oh-so-versatile Olympus E-P2, and a super cheap Fuji S3 Pro (just so I can use Nikon AF glasses).
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Old 09-15-2010   #14
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I'm all film. I own an inexpensive Lumix digital, but I almost never use it because I have to read the instructions first, because its been so long since I used it last time, and on and on. I suspect that I might shoot more digital if I could afford and justify the price of an M8 or M9, but thats never going to happen.
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Old 09-15-2010   #15
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one year ago i was 100% film. now i am about 80% digital and maybe 20% film.
if kodachrome were still an option i would probably be about 50/50.

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Old 09-15-2010   #16
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80% film, 20% digital
My kid is too fast for film indoors hence the digital. But when I'm out its film camera baby!
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Old 09-15-2010   #17
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For hobby, which I call "my photography," it's 100% film. That's the photos that I might print in darkroom and hang from wall or show to people "that's my photo" in my portfolio. All public exhibition and a few publications that I've taken part in were with film.

For work like occasional paid shoot, self-made stock photo for design job, any other design materials, I use digital. Also "for sale" shots are by digital.

All-n-all, If I combine them all, I have to choose "Mostly Film, Some Digital."
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Old 09-15-2010   #18
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To answer the question posed by the thread (although twisting it a little), I shoot both film and digital.

In the past year, the M8 has become my walk-around camera. Accordingly the high percentage of shots I take are now digital. Vive la difference!
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Old 09-15-2010   #19
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All film all the time...I don't own one of them others cameras...
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Old 09-15-2010   #20
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work is all digital, personal photos are almost all film.
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Old 09-15-2010   #21
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I shot probably 80% digital, 20% now. It's the other way around when I don't have school. I just don't have the available time to develop+scan large quantities of film with full time school and 2 jobs. I love film more though
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almost all digital, especially since the local lab that would handle 120 closed.
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Old 09-15-2010   #23
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Mostly film, but digital comes in handy especially with GH1 so I can use old glass and also take video of my newborn.
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Old 09-15-2010   #24
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Question is not clear. I take more digital pictures but more film pictures actually wind up being printed. Also a 50/50 choice would have been nice so wishy washy people like me can play the middle. ;-)
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Old 09-15-2010   #25
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I try out new digi cameras like the LX5, S90 etc. but get bored of them pretty fast.
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99.8% film (all film for the poll) and .2 digital (for sale ads only).

I do scan and use a digital print service right now but hope to wet print only soon.
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I have more film cameras than digital cameras, so I shoot more film than digital. But I make way more digital exposures than I do film exposures, so am I shooting more film or more digital?



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I'm 100% b&w film, having converted from being all digital about 18 months ago. I love the process from capture to wet printing, and next week will see me putting the finishing touches on a dedicated b&w darkroom.

I do own a flatbed scanner for scanning prints and the odd negative, and can see possibly see myself shooting digitally for colour though. Finding an affordable and compact camera with a viewfinder and manual controls will decide how quickly the latter becomes a runner however.
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Mostly digital for convenience, however I hope that will change as I just acquired M5. I still got full box of film in the freezer and all film developing equipment and the scanner.

It's all ready to go just need to find some time!!
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It is not good ignoring completely both mediums.

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Just curious, what kind of shooting do you do in that 1%?
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Just curious, what kind of shooting do you do in that 1%?
It's just when I want to use an old camera like a Leica M or a boutique P&S... I don't care about the film aspect (most processing in NYC is horrible and my days in a wet darkroom are over), I care about those older cameras and how they are fun to use. Outside of that I use digital all the time for my "serious" work.
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About 60% Digital 40% Film, Digi for color commercial work, Film for B&W personal and commercial work, and yes people still do pay for real B&W work. And appreciate the craft of a wet print.
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I started with fm when that's all there was, moved to digital when kids arrived and most photography was centered around them. I have gotten back into to film exclusively for b&w. It seems to me, and my rank amateur opinions, that there is a quality to b&w film that is hard to replicate in digital. I have found that through using film, I am much more selective about what I shoot and hiw I shoot it.
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Mostly Digital, better cost effective for me. But I do the Leica for a spin every now and then. My last outing was my Sons field trip at a local fire station. brought the CV 28mm f/1.9 ASPH and Fuji 200, I'll post a few in a week or two. I sent film out, than I scan them.
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mostly digital but...

Since I work as a photographer that's the reason. I have put my view camera's away until I get my darkroom finished, and was
happily shooting digital with a new found interest in color. Then I bought a couple of fixed focal length lenses and "rediscovered" the joy of actually getting closer or further away from my subject to frame it...pretty soon I was thinking I have never owned a rangefinder camera...then I bought a Contax G2...and, I am having a blast shooting Ektar 100 in it! The whole film "scene" is so tactile, and I can't wait to the darkroom done and get back under the darkcloth! But, the G2 has found a place in my heart, for sure!
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