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Old 11-21-2015   #1
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I may be going the opposite direction

While I spent the past two years almost exlusively using digital cameras, I feel like slowing down a little, and I want to go back to using my Leica film cameras and my other film cameras.

I see each day discussions of Leica M and its cost, followed by SONY and it problems with the corner sharpness when using Leica lenses, and then we get some dose of Fuji digtial cameras and it seems to me that I get bored with such talk. It would be a different situation if photography is done by me as my profession.

I want to slow down. I want to struggle with my cameras and lenses as I use manual focus and manual exposure, as I miss such struggles with the modern digital cameras. You quickly know whether you got a good image or not, simply by looking at the back screen of the camera. This removed the excitement factor at the time of getting back the negatives and the prints.

I wonder if what I have said here is just talk that is said on a Saturday evening, and tomorrow it is all gone?

I am unwilling to buy another digital camera, and I just bought a MF film camera a few minutes ago. Maybe, I am forcing myself a little to accept the fact that I better use my "new" vintage film camera.

Am I alone in feeling such feelings?
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It sounds to me like you are responding to an inner voice telling you what you really need to do. Go for it. If you REALLY want to slow down, get an 8x10!
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I think everyone has to try/go through the digital phase. Some never leave, some come back to film after a time. Both are good and have their strengths and weaknesses.
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I wonder if what I have said here is just talk that is said on a Saturday evening, and tomorrow it is all gone?
For me, more often than not, it is this. On those occasions when I still feel the same the following day, then I indulge the urge and go out with my film camera. And the following day, and so on... until I realize that I have to develop these rolls sooner or later. And that's when the backlog starts to build. For me, it's tough to find downtime to get everything set up and actually develop several rolls of film.
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I decided to use what I have from digital. Zero interest of something new. Yours digital cameras are fine as well.

It is great time to get back to film. Film Leicas ain't so expensive, service is available, film is plenty; paper, chemicals and enlargers are cheap. Nothing compares to darkroom print of family portrait. Even if the rest of the family is disagreed

So, it might sounds opposite for many, but it is just normal for me. Film is candy, not struggle.
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I can say I had a similar experience. The hype of digital and the whole technical talks got me thinking in the wrong direction. This too lead me towards wanting to go back to film. Even so I started with 35mm film and too felt like it wasn't slowing down enough. MF is the sweet spot for me when it comes to the number of shots per rolls, the expense, the quality and the flow in which I photograph people. Then again, LF slows me down more but too like the flow of 8-16 shots per roll on MF.

I do have my cheap digital cameras, whenever I feel like shooting something quickly and getting that digital itch out of my system. My whole creative, artistic time is film. I like the relationship and the workflow of film.
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Wow Raid, can't wait to see some cat photos with the new Linhof - although first you will need to get a cat. So you are half way there . Meanwhile good luck with asking your lovely wife and daughters to hold still. Sally Mann could do it so it must be possible!

I have enjoyed slowing down with my film photography and I suspect you will too. For me it is my film 35mm cameras and MF 6x6 and 6x9. But I still reach for digital when I need to see instant results or take a large number of photographs - which is not very often nowadays.

I think you will find coming back to using your film Leicas, the SWC and your new Linhof will be like coming back to an old friend. One who says "I've missed you. It's nice that you're back".

Contact prints from the Linhof will be relatively easy to do, and quite amazing.

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I have both film (M) and digital (Sony) options, but I enjoy the sensory experience of film more than the sensor's experience in my digital camera....

Sure I could slow down with the digitals, set them all on manual and take more time, but I don't.

One thing I am doing is shooting more on the M without worrying too much that every frame has to count - its ok to miss a few as I relearn the joys of film.
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Lynn, my Linhof is not a recent buy. I got it many years ago, and I never used it. I have a 120 roll back for it too.
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I think everyone has to try/go through the digital phase. Some never leave, some come back to film after a time. Both are good and have their strengths and weaknesses.
Hi Frank,
I agree with you, It is useful to go through using digital equipment to get a feel for it all.
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For me, more often than not, it is this. On those occasions when I still feel the same the following day, then I indulge the urge and go out with my film camera. And the following day, and so on... until I realize that I have to develop these rolls sooner or later. And that's when the backlog starts to build. For me, it's tough to find downtime to get everything set up and actually develop several rolls of film.
Hi Keith,
I will use my film cameras again. They feel soooo good.
Wide angle lenses, such a sthe Rokkor 21/4 or the Canon 19/3.5 or the Nikkor 21/4 will be useful again on film cameras.
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Well it's all Rather personal how One likes to spend their Creative time...
For Me it's the Absolute Simplicity of a M film body, the brilliance of an Image coming into manual focus and the Beauty of Light on Film that keeps me hooked

No Distracting Menus or lcd screens...
The anticipation of Developing a Roll
The Highs and Lows of viewing a scanned neg

Digital can be FUN but for me the rewards are Few
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You are a film veteran. Light on film is very special indeed.
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I decided to use what I have from digital. Zero interest of something new. Yours digital cameras are fine as well.

It is great time to get back to film. Film Leicas ain't so expensive, service is available, film is plenty; paper, chemicals and enlargers are cheap. Nothing compares to darkroom print of family portrait. Even if the rest of the family is disagreed

So, it might sounds opposite for many, but it is just normal for me. Film is candy, not struggle.
This may be the main reason why I did not get deeper into buying modern digital cameras. I use what I have. Film developing may have to wait.
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I can say I had a similar experience. The hype of digital and the whole technical talks got me thinking in the wrong direction. This too lead me towards wanting to go back to film. Even so I started with 35mm film and too felt like it wasn't slowing down enough. MF is the sweet spot for me when it comes to the number of shots per rolls, the expense, the quality and the flow in which I photograph people. Then again, LF slows me down more but too like the flow of 8-16 shots per roll on MF.

I do have my cheap digital cameras, whenever I feel like shooting something quickly and getting that digital itch out of my system. My whole creative, artistic time is film. I like the relationship and the workflow of film.
I sometimes think about the possibility of not having film available in the future, so it makes sense to use film while it is easy to do so.
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I have both film (M) and digital (Sony) options, but I enjoy the sensory experience of film more than the sensor's experience in my digital camera....

Sure I could slow down with the digitals, set them all on manual and take more time, but I don't.

One thing I am doing is shooting more on the M without worrying too much that every frame has to count - its ok to miss a few as I relearn the joys of film.
Both types of camera can be fun to use.
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Hi Raid,

A really interesting thought process. I went through the same process myself a few years ago, having taken a major holiday with the family using digital.

I found almost no pleasure in the pictures, even though some were very beautiful and of course were taken at a great time of our lives. But there was something drastically lacking in how I felt connected with the pictures, or rather with how I felt the pictures connected with my own experience of the moments they were taken.

Film always lets me feel connected, and I think for the very reasons you describe.

I have since lost the many hundreds - thousands? - of pictures I took on that around-the-world trip due to the vagaries of computers and a low care factor. But I still have every negative I have chosen to keep. And these negatives were physically with me, in my camera right there, when the pictures on them were made.
This explains it well for me. Digital is fun, fast and easy. Film is marrying material.
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I'm with Helen, unfortunately clients want things yesterday, so we're forced to use digital for their instant gratification.

I came up in the 1970's and my hero's were the fashion and documentary photographers in the 1950's and 1960's, as well as the Vietnam war photographers in LIFE. Everything I looked at and studied was shot on black & white film. All I dreamed of becoming was a really good photographer, creating beautiful, moving B&W images. It's still what I dream of, so whenever I'm shooting something for myself, it's done with one of my old film cameras.

There's also a permanence to a film image that I don't find with digital. So if I'm working really hard creating an image that really means something to me, having it on film, as opposed to bits and bytes in a computer, means a lot to me.

But it truly is personal preference.

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This explains it well for me. Digital is fun, fast and easy. Film is marrying material.
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I am going the opposite direction as well. KEH had their Black Friday sale yesterday and I bought a Monochrom. I am currently 100% b/w film but have always wanted a Monochrom for when the light is too low. I don't like to push film beyond 800iso. Now I just need to sell a few things to alleviate the guilt.
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I'm with Helen, unfortunately clients want things yesterday, so we're forced to use digital for their instant gratification.

I came up in the 1970's and my hero's were the fashion and documentary photographers in the 1950's and 1960's, as well as the Vietnam war photographers in LIFE. Everything I looked at and studied was shot on black & white film. All I dreamed of becoming was a really good photographer, creating beautiful, moving B&W images. It's still what I dream of, so whenever I'm shooting something for myself, it's done with one of my old film cameras.

There's also a permanence to a film image that I don't find with digital. So if I'm working really hard creating an image that really means something to me, having it on film, as opposed to bits and bytes in a computer, means a lot to me.

But it truly is personal preference.

Congrats on your new film camera Raid.

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raid, i'm on the same boat as you.
for the past 2 months I've been shooting primarily film with the iphone as digital only because my M240 is at Leica NJ for service and not feeling the X100 simply because I'm on a 28/50 phase right now.

anyhow, i find shooting film more relaxing because there's no pressure for me to get the perfect shot.
i'm not the type of digital photographer that chases that ultra clean, real-life image shots either though and prefer some grain on my images plus I love B&W.

once my M240 arrives, I will keep shooting it for color plus my wife doesn't like B&W =/ however for myself, my M3 or F3P with Neopan 400 or HP5+ are always my go to.
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I use a "mix and match" philosophy Raid. I use my Sony A7S for quick-turnaround things in colour, particularly if someone has asked for the images to use in something like a magazine. But I use one of my film cameras for personal enjoyment and challenge, where I'm pleasing no-one but myself initially. I rotate between favourite film cameras: M2, IIIf, Canon L2 and FT, Nikon F70.
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Change is a motivator. A new lens. A new body. Film, Digital.

I certainly have looked at MF and LF for landscape. I have bought a number of film cameras.

But for me the M9 and Kolari mod with the Sony A7, which is fantastic with SLR and RF glass, are a wonderful combo. My big changes have been new long lenses, once only affordable for organizations, now cheap, and really fun.

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I agree with uhoh7 said. I've been enjoying using a 135/2.8 Sonnar on the A7S. To clarify my response about film above into one word, Raid, I find film more re-creational.
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The idea of going back to film is very romantic, I also love my old film m's. But today I had great fun with a pre-war Summar that is not scratched that I was playing with on my old first version Sony Nex 3 and got a wonderful picture. So even with digital we don't have to have the newest with the most bells. It is still up to US to take the picture, in the end it is the picture that is the most important. Who really cares if it's on film or a sensor!

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I was going to respond at length until I read Helen's post... she about says it all. Plus not having to read a 250 or 300-page User Manual, use the computer to select a language, set the date/time/year, time zone, set up GPS, learning sub-sub-menus, you get it. The M3's manual is 28 index-card-size pages long, the control knobs are few.
Digital is here to stay, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the simplicity of our classics when we're in the mood to, as you clearly now are....
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Sounds like the ramblings of bored old men.

I shot film for 50 years. Zero nostalgia for it. Zero desire to go back to hours in a darkroom. Loved the gear, hated the medium. Having said that, it's really horses for courses.

If it's a hobby, and "Photography made difficult" is what pushes your buttons, go for it. It's the process, not the goal, that is important.

If, though, the photo you hold in your hand is the goal, then any tool that eases the way to that goal seems preferential to me. YMMV.
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yes certainly Raid. Like many, I have spent a fair bit of time enjoying m43 and the Sony APS and FF digitals with a range of great vintage glass, as well as one or two of the fantastic native AF optics.

But it's easier to own the successes and mistakes of a fully manual film camera ..for me.
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I met a pro photographer a couple of days ago. He is the official photographer of the Prince here. He is using a Nikon D4S. Two things have struck me: he was not using the "S" setting on his trigger - every time he was pressing the shutter it sounded like a Kalashnikov round, even when making a test shot of a static object... The second thing was, when asked what type of photographs he takes for himself, he said: "none", not enough time.
I work days almost twice longer hours than him, yet I'm nearing 150 rolls of processed film this year. There must be something to it: the easier the photography gets, the less interesting it seems to be.
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For the first ten years I used digital, I hated it. For the next ten years I hated how many people claimed it was better than film and were not shy about telling the world that film was dead. But now, 22 years in, it is all good, people realize film is not going anywhere and I now have powerful affordable digital options in my favorite film systems ( Leica, Nikon, Hasselblad V).

There is far less bashing and more and more young people using film for reasons that have nothing to do with nostalgia or being a hipster. There is balance, even some of my jobs pay the marginal extra cost for it.

So for me, I have complete balance, creative connection, joy in using both mediums & clients who love my use of both. This is somewhat of a relief to me because I want life around me to continue to be the major inspiration of my photographs, not a camera or a medium.

I find my photographs are getting better not because I believe a medium is better but my attitude has gotten better.
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I use a "mix and match" philosophy Raid. I use my Sony A7S for quick-turnaround things in colour, particularly if someone has asked for the images to use in something like a magazine. But I use one of my film cameras for personal enjoyment and challenge, where I'm pleasing no-one but myself initially. I rotate between favourite film cameras: M2, IIIf, Canon L2 and FT, Nikon F70.
This is a possibility, but I have been "bad", and I stopped film completely since the summer of 2013.
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I met a pro photographer a couple of days ago. He is the official photographer of the Prince here. He is using a Nikon D4S. Two things have struck me: he was not using the "S" setting on his trigger - every time he was pressing the shutter it sounded like a Kalashnikov round, even when making a test shot of a static object... The second thing was, when asked what type of photographs he takes for himself, he said: "none", not enough time.
I work days almost twice longer hours than him, yet I'm nearing 150 rolls of processed film this year. There must be something to it: the easier the photography gets, the less interesting it seems to be.
Raid, consider getting an 8x10 - this way you will combine the fun with a healthy workout
I do have a Linhof 4x5 camera that I have never used. This used to bother me. Then I forgot about it, but now it is coming back to me!
It is a Linhof monorail camera that looks "like new" to my eyes.
It comes with a Schneider convertible lens, and with several backs, including a rollfilm back. It weighs a ton! I once asked a local photographer to show me hands on how to change film sheets in it. He never did. I may torture myself, and get out this camera. This is most likely a studio camera, and it will be a pain to haul it around to the beach, say. I would need to sign up at some Gym for a month or so before such a venture!


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I used to watch one of my friends (Jim) as we traveled to the American SW. as he used his large format camera. It happened more than once that by the time he was ready to take a photo, "the light has changed", and he would fold thngs up and we would drive on to other places.
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I started off shooting digital when I first got into photography around 10 years ago. When I first started I used film on occasion but couldn't afford to keep buying film and processing back then. Now, ten year later I have sold all my digital kit and shoot only film RF's and point and shoots. I've found that my work has got a whole lot better by slowing down the process.

I still digitise my images by scanning them, so there is still that element of the digital world, however not seeing the images for some time after shooting has enabled me to be more selective when making an edit.

Now that I think about it, I don't think it actually costs me much more to work with film than it did with digital, because I just buy film and chemicals instead of replacing bodies.
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This explains it well for me. Digital is fun, fast and easy. Film is marrying material.
I married the "Fast, Fun, and Easy" girl." Twenty years later, we're still fast, fun, and easy. What's wrong with you guys?
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Old 11-25-2015   #37
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I married the "Fast, Fun, and Easy" girl." Twenty years later, we're still fast, fun, and easy. What's wrong with you guys?
If the fast, fun and easy model breaks down, it's really expensive to replace.
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If the fast, fun and easy model breaks down, it's really expensive to replace.
Perhaps because I'm utterly and completely faithful there is a line up. I'm covered. Heaven forfend.
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I am right now only with my SWC and a spotmeter on a brief trip, and I feel happy to enjoy some film photography with a classic camera again. I put some Ilford XP2 in the camera, and very soon I will walk around and take some photos here and there. It is unimportant what I will take photos of, and it is more important to me to get some wide angle MF images.

I had initially also a digital camera with the Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 in the camera bag, but I decided in the end to remove it and leave only the SWC. I even have with me a very light travel tripod to complete my set. Who know? I may actually get lucky and I may capture some nice scenes.

I has been raining throughout the night, and maybe I will have a few time to use the camera when there is no rain today.
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The developing and scanning cost can be found quite manageable at some labs. I am encouraged to get back to film in addition to using my digital cameras.

Right now, I am torn between buying a vintage lens and buying a compact digital camera. I don't actually need either one, but I often don't need stuff; I want stuff.
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