Originally Posted by Speedfreak
What you see here is more Silver FX than Fuji. There is nothing "like film" in a digital camera. But it can be tweaked in post. (Which leads me to the question why not just shoot film in the beginning, but whatever...)
Nice shots anyway.
So I can answer your questions -- I don't suppose you'll answer mine?
Why not just shoot film in the beginning?
1) It's expensive. If one has film bodies to begin with but not a digital camera I guess you have to offset that expense with the cost of a digital camera and digital cameras become obsolete and are more often replaced than film cameras, but the reality is the X Pro body price amounts to about 3/4 of a year of film and processing costs for me and I do my own processing. I kept my last digital camera for almost five years so it's a pretty attractive proposition.
2) Film involves time and aggravation to process, you can't see right away what you've done & fix things there & then. Even apart from impatience and laziness, I think a digital camera can be an excellent tool to help a person become a more knowledgable and thoughtful photographer since you can play around and see the results of that play immediately as you do it.
3) Film is, slower what with changing rolls every 37ish exposures and it means carrying around extra film if you're anticipating taking more than 37ish shots. I often go out with a Rolleiflex and just the film that's in it. And that's nice. But it's also nice, and a lot more flexible, to go out with the Fuji, a lens selected according to my mood, and just the battery and memory card in the camera.
4) You can ruin everything in processing. It happens -- I've done it lots.
I like film. I use it still, and use it often. But it's just silly to the point of trolling to pretend that there aren't reasonably compelling reasons that would drive someone to use a digital camera in many circumstances, even if one preferred the look of film or wanted something like a particular film. So my question -- why the trolling? What's the fun in it?