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How many went back to film and liked it?

 
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Aug 21, 2013 11:05 |  #16

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I thought of buying a Zeiss rangefinder to "go back to film". Then I looked at my 1980's Pentax Super Program and thought, "All I need is a good 50mm lens!" I also have a very good 1990's Rollei film P&S with a sharp Schneider lens.

All these thoughts were coming back because I started reading about the "mystic,nostalgia, and advantages" of shooting with film. But then I thought, "Wait...is it (or was it) really that good shooting with film?" I started remembering slow ISO, same white balance for the whole roll, waiting to see if the slides/prints were OK, etc.

For those who have gone (partially) back to film from digital, what did you like about it? You see any advantage in shooting both digital and film? Or is it just a passing mental derangement that will soon pass?

I loved shooting film. In some ways I still consider film to be superior to digital. Some ways, I said, not all.

But, about 4 years ago I had to make a clean and complete mental break from film for my own reasons, and while I sometimes miss film, overall I do not regret my decision.


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Aug 21, 2013 11:12 as a reply to  @ photoguy6405's post |  #17

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Aug 21, 2013 15:01 |  #18

Thanks for all your comments,

After reading more stuff on the web, I'm going the way of a hybrid user; 90% digital:10% film. I've decided to resurrect my Pentax Super Program. I'll used the crappy Vivitar zoom I bought with the Pentax. Found the receipt for the 1985 purchase: $209 for the body and $260 for the zoom. If the body still works, good investment 28 years ago.

If I like shooting film, I'll probably replace the zoom with a 50mm "A" lens. I found some used 50/2.0 lenses via Amazon. Back to the olden days of only a 50mm lens!


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Aug 21, 2013 15:58 |  #19

Which Vivitar? Some of the Series 1 lenses were top-shelf.


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Aug 21, 2013 16:05 |  #20

I've thought about it. I've got an old Polaroid Land 95A that's just shelf decoration for now, but can be modified to take inexpensive modern film like 120. However, I simply don't have time or energy for another hobby/project/experime​nt right now.


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Aug 21, 2013 16:29 |  #21

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Which Vivitar? Some of the Series 1 lenses were top-shelf.

It's the 28-105 zoom. After reading your post, I searched the web and found there are at least 5 different Series 1 28-105s!!

Maybe crappy was too harsh a word. When I looked at the lens last night, bad memories arose when I saw the line diagram on the barrel. The zoom was non-parfocal (changed focus as you zoomed) and drove me crazy since I had to re-focus every time I zoomed. Also, (I'll have to check on this), there was a weird way of setting the aperture.

I'll give you more info after I get home and check the serial number (tells me who made the lens).


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Aug 21, 2013 16:42 |  #22

I'm shooting mainly film now, I use digital only for landscape or portraits where sometimes I need to print big but for everything else I prefer film.

I find shooting film more relaxing, the feeling of shooting for days, sometimes weeks and months before seeing the outcome.
I don't have to shoot, check the screen and if not happy try again, sure I may lose some shots but at least I'm not wasting all my time on one single shot.


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Aug 21, 2013 16:43 |  #23

oaktree wrote in post #16228360 (external link)
It's the 28-105 zoom. After reading your post, I searched the web and found there are at least 5 different Series 1 28-105s!!

Maybe crappy was too harsh a word. When I looked at the lens last night, bad memories arose when I saw the line diagram on the barrel. The zoom was non-parfocal (changed focus as you zoomed) and drove me crazy since I had to re-focus every time I zoomed. Also, (I'll have to check on this), there was a weird way of setting the aperture.

I'll give you more info after I get home and check the serial number (tells me who made the lens).

You could have EOS 3 under $200, or EOS 300 almost for free, in pristine condition, if yours two zoom two primes are EF you will be all set.


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Aug 21, 2013 17:22 |  #24

Part of the fun in shooting 35mm film is exploring the legendary equipment of the past. I would pair that Pentax body with one of those beautiful Pentax primes. Pentax forum has an entire section devoted to all the lenses they produced over the years, there's a ton of good info.




  
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Aug 21, 2013 20:30 |  #25

namtot wrote in post #16228485 (external link)
Part of the fun in shooting 35mm film is exploring the legendary equipment of the past. I would pair that Pentax body with one of those beautiful Pentax primes. Pentax forum has an entire section devoted to all the lenses they produced over the years, there's a ton of good info.

Thanks for the link. Lots of info about older Pentax bodies and lenses.

The 28-105 zoom I have was built by Cosina; serial; number starts with 09. I'll check if there's any information about Cosina built Vivitar lenses versus any of the other dozen manufacturers.


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Aug 21, 2013 20:36 as a reply to  @ oaktree's post |  #26

Looks like the Cosina built zoom is not good as the Kiron built zoom. Rats:(


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Aug 21, 2013 23:03 |  #27

I love using my film cameras. I also love using my digital cameras. Depends on my mood, location and schedule. Varies from day to day.




  
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Aug 22, 2013 07:43 |  #28

I'm 95% film now. It just suits me.

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Aug 22, 2013 17:27 |  #29

Went back? Some of us never left!! Some of my clients request film for part of rhe shoot.:D


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Aug 22, 2013 18:17 |  #30

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Went back? Some of us never left!! Some of my clients request film for part of rhe shoot.:D

Amazing!

My wife had a photographer friend that had the opposite happen to him. He loved film, but all of his clients wanted digital, so he had to shoot digital to eat.


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