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View Poll Results: B&W ONLY and you can only choose one
Color capture and convert in post 29 6.86%
B&W film 327 77.30%
Monochrom 61 14.42%
Other? 6 1.42%
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If you are shooting B&W ONLY and can only choose one, which one?
Old 04-08-2014   #1
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If you are shooting B&W ONLY and can only choose one, which one?

... and WHY? Just curious.

- Color capture and convert in post-processing

- B&W film

- Monochrom
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Old 04-08-2014   #2
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Monochrom. Just because.
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Old 04-08-2014   #3
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film, at the end of the day, you've got something tangible. that appeals to me.
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Old 04-08-2014   #4
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B&W with film.

Have an analog darkroom. Now that I'm old, I still like making B&W prints. It's my photographic roots!

Besides I have a nice sized garbage can in my darkroom! Ha!
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Old 04-08-2014   #5
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B&W film, because I don't own a 'real' digital camera and printing in the darkroom is so much fun.
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Old 04-08-2014   #6
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Film.
I love the look of Tmax and I think my film processing competence has overshadowed my trust in digital cameras.
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I know its not fair, but I'm going to choose 2, but rank them.

1. Monochrom
2. BW film and scan

I love my film gear and it serves me well. But I have abandoned the wet darkroom. I still develop film and love that process, but from there its mainly digital workflow. A Monochrom would fit my needs well, but I get great results with the film-n-scan approach too.

Then again, I don't have a Monochrom... entry cost is too steep for me.
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Old 04-08-2014   #8
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Old 04-08-2014   #9
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B&W film no question. I get multiple different formats and various different looks and multiple layers of control. No wet printing though. Just scan. Definitely no to the monochrome. Color capture and convert is appealing but if I were to choose only one then would always pick B&W film
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Old 04-08-2014   #10
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I have tried it with digital cameras. Good solution if too much noise
I choose "B&W Film" couple of years ago, as format which is pleasing my eyes.
Learned how to wet print this winter.
Haven't tried FB yet, they say this is where B&W is, not grey
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Old 04-08-2014   #11
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I answered Monochrom because I have one. I am digital for B&W and Velvia for colour.
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I find BW to be more versatile in cases where the light isn't very interesting or the place isn't very colourful, I could still come out with decent pictures.
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for me the tangibility of the negative is crucial. the digital post-processing allows a greater intervention in comparison to the work that can be done in the darkroom. maybe shooting in digital and save the best shots on film support would be the optimum. so the archives would be reduced and we can not maintain so many negative useless. But until now I do as I have always done: film and non automatic camera. Simplier.
So I vote BW film.
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I know its not fair, but I'm going to choose 2, but rank them.

1. Monochrom
2. BW film and scan

I love my film gear and it serves me well. But I have abandoned the wet darkroom. I still develop film and love that process, but from there its mainly digital workflow. A Monochrom would fit my needs well, but I get great results with the film-n-scan approach too.

Then again, I don't have a Monochrom... entry cost is too steep for me.
This sums up my position pretty well. I currently only shot B&W anyway.
However, IF I had a monochrome I might vote only for film, or only the Monochrom. I think the appeal of the monochrome is somewhat tied to elusiveness.

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Old 04-08-2014   #15
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Film. 'Cause I still stub my toe on that enlarger in the corner.
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Not having a film camera, my choice was easy.
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Old 04-08-2014   #17
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Old 04-08-2014   #18
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Film, probably XP2, except that it's not available in 4x5.

So maybe TMax 400 and process myself.
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I chose film because I like all the old cameras. I miss some of the classic emulsions, such as Plus-X, but still get satisfaction out of winding the camera no matter what's in it.

But I did read an article not long ago saying it was better to shoot in color, then convert to B&W when using a digital camera, or working from film scans. I can't say my experience matches that position, but then my digital cam isn't a top of the line model. I actually liked it's monochrome output much better than it's color.

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Old 04-08-2014   #20
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BW film. Developing/scanning that stuff is like making dinner at home or something similar.
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Old 04-08-2014   #21
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B&W film...

Digital B&W works sometimes but in the main cannot handle the highlights properly at all - and that includes the Monochrom-M
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B&W film: it works best for me.
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Other works for me...I shoot RAW with the BW setting on fuji x cameras (I think other can do this also).

That allows me to literally SEE BW in the EVF and switch to OVF if I really think I should see the color.

I then convert with simplistic "V" switch in Lightroom to see all the files as basic BW...edit from there.

This has really given me a whole new love of BW and is the most incredible thing when you first start using the VF that way...after a few weeks, it seems very normal but it still forces you to think about contrast, shapes, patterns etc undistracted by color...
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It's always the same story - B&W is about tonality, and so far nothing touches film, though some digital comes close - like Leica S2 or MFDB.
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I chose Monochrom because I have one, courtesy of spousal generosity last year; and whereas I have a wet darkroom at home in Australia, my current continuing overseas assignment makes present consideration of that impractical. Nevertheless, it's an interesting question, which in line with many similar questions, there is no correct answer!
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Old 04-08-2014   #27
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I like film. It gives a special feeling having to make your own way from taking the photo up to printing it on paper.
It also keeps my ugly face off my computer.
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Old 04-09-2014   #28
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Not having a film camera, my choice was easy.
nothing is cheaper these days than good quality film cameras

I use film and scan because I do not like the digital live view options and the MM is too expensive for my level of use.
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Why? I dunno. 'cos it magical.
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B&W with film.

Have an analog darkroom. Now that I'm old, I still like making B&W prints. It's my photographic roots!

Besides I have a nice sized garbage can in my darkroom! Ha!
Pretty much sums it up for me, as well. Besides, what else would I do with my Leicas and Nikons?
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I have just rescued some irreplaceable 30 to 50 years old negatives at one of my relative's house. They are still in good condition and ready to crank out images for the next 50 years. I wondered myself what would have been left of them had they been stored in some kind of digital format. Nothing, I'm sure.

From this point of view; film, film, film.
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B+W-film. I dislike digital and I dislike color photography.

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For the love of film: film!
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I like the tonal range and distribution of film. I guess you can do some of that (the distribution, not the range) with digital, but my digital camera is twice as large and heavy as my Leicas or Nikon FGs, so I didn't carry it with me even for the brief time I was only shooting digital.
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I love being involved in the whole process from shooting film to printing in the darkroom. The smells, the feel of loading film onto a spool or picking up a wet print to get it out into the light and inspect it, the excitement when I pull a developed roll from the reel, hold it up in front of a lamp and think "oooh, that's a good one" or "oh, no, this whole roll sucks".

I rarely feel involved when working with files on my computer.
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I answered B&W film. It is the only way I have to make what is, to my eye anyways, a true B&W exposure. I do convert some shots from my Ricoh GR into B&W, and even shoot in that mode in camera sometimes. That being said, I still consider film to be my main medium for black and white images.
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I went with the Monochrom because I don't have a darkroom, so if I develop film at home, I end up scanning it to digital anyway.

But then reality rears its ugly head and I'm reminded of the cost of the Monochrom.
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Besides, what else would I do with my Leicas and Nikons?
Doorstops? Ha!

Yes, my old film cameras still work for me.

Besides when my wife & I had finished a lower level bedroom and bathroom she insisted the bathroom be large enough and designed into a darkroom as well. My first darkroom! In the past, I usually I set up most anywhere using, as an example, a card table for the enlarger. Not any more! Still have a large waste basket in the darkroom and its used quite a lot, especially when making test prints.

Lots of smiles & fun.
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I chose B&W film because that's all I do now.
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I would like to live in the last century, so that I had no choice in photography Today, well, it can be monochrom...
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