groundloop wrote in post #16767453
Run a thousand or so rolls of film through that $30 camera and see what the total cost is.
That's a fair point, and it's one of the reasons why I don't shoot 35mm film SLRs (the other being that I dislike SLR cameras).
That having been said, the math is not as much in the DSLR's favour as you think. Do you have any idea how long it would take to shoot a thousand rolls of film (that's 36,000 exposures)? So far this year, I've shot 20 rolls of 35mm film (plus some 120, but let's ignore the far-superior 120 format for the purposes of this discussion); 20 x 35mm = 720 frames in 12 weeks, or 60 frames/week (and I shoot exclusively film, remember).
So at 60 frames/week, it would take me 600 weeks to shoot 36,000 frames. That's 11 and a half years. And how much did those 1000 rolls of film cost me?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com …k_GC_135_36_Gold_Max.html ($2.49 per roll, for a total of $2490 for 1000 rolls)
You'll need a scanner:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com …film_8200ise_scanner.html ($329)
And you'll need to develop the film:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com …6_C_41_Press_Kit_for.html (this kit will do ~30 rolls, despite what the manufacturer says...$23.50 per kit, for a total of ~$790 for enough to do 1000 rolls).
Camera - $30
Film - $2490
Scanner - $329
Chemicals - $790
TOTAL = $3639
And for that, I get 11 years of 60 frames/week shooting. Some weeks I shoot 120 frames, while some weeks I shoot 0 frames. Will a 5DIII or D800E still be working in 11 years?
If you shoot a rangefinder camera (as I do), the math is far more in film's favour, since the cost of digital rangefinders is enormously high, even relative to the best film rangefinders (a new Leica M240, for example, costs 2.5x the price of my Leica MP, which itself is the best film rangefinder you can buy).
This is not intended to be a comprehensive argument for the use of film, but merely to point out that the economics of shooting film are not nearly as bad as many people think. One simply doesn't shoot film in the same way as one shoots digital. And before you say it, there are both pros and cons to this.