Sunday, October 25, 2009

Why Film Might be Better

At home in Peebles we are waiting for two films sent to Peak Imaging by my step-son. There's a palpable sense of anticipation in the household, as we wait for the postman (the strike helps!!).
Waiting for results from a mail order processor is much more fun than just glancing at an LCD screen often at the time of snapping an image.
Using film encourages proper camera work as the photographer aims to make the best possible exposure and thus minimise costs.
Although I have been away from Calumet for more than five weeks, this summer there seemed to be a noticeable increase in customers buying both 35mm, 120 and 5 x 4 film.
Could it be that people are becoming tired with the big camera companies bringing out more and more models? Which always have more megapixels than the last but also invariably, especially at the top end of the market, demand an investment of a few thousand pounds.
A Rolleiflex like that pictured left, made in the 1950s, more than 60 years ago will produce just as good results as a 40 Megapixel back and is available second hand for a fraction of the price.
The results on 8 x 8 prints or even 5 x 5 prints are always a joy to view from the Rolleiflex. The colours, using films which were not available when the camera was made knock spots of most digital cameras.

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