Film is not dead: Demand soars for vintage cameras in developing trend

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We view prints by seeing light reflected from them. We view monitor images and projected slides by seeing light transmitted through them. The experiences are so substantially different that it makes sense that many people prefer one to the other.
 
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We view prints by seeing light reflected from them. We view monitor images and projected slides by seeing light transmitted through them. The experiences are so substantially different that it makes sense that many people prefer one to the other.

Preference doesn't mean one is bad. Both could be great in their own way. Are prints of chromes better than projecting them? Also, size counts. I'd rather look at a monitor-size scan than a little 4x6 print.
 

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Are prints of chromes better than projecting them?

Generally no, if they were exposed with projection in mind.
But a well made print that originated on transparency film can be very fine, if the film was exposed with that workflow in mind.
The choice of mode of presentation is at the core of the process of "visualization".
That being said, there are certainly subjects out there that can be made to present well as prints, and present well when projected, but the requirements of the mode of presentation have to be kept in mind through all stages of the process(es).
 

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Demand may be soaring, but so many great cameras can still be had for a song on eBay and, I'm sure, elsewhere. That's the good news. Film availability is another story altogether.
 

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Matt - I learned that distinction like running into a brick wall, way back when, despite many lovely slide shows, I decided to have a few of my favorite slides printed and was appalled by the result. It was over a decade later before I had the space and at least enough personal financial momentum to begin color printing, by then understanding all too well that if I wanted chromes to look good in print fashion, a lot more was going to being involved than just sending them off somewhere. And in the meantime, I also learned that exposure itself, and even the scene contrast, had to be taken into account far more thoughtfully than for mere projection purposes. Analogously today, despite all the new digital tweaks available. It's best to control as much as you can at the time of the shot itself.
 

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Periodically my developing room has to revert to a guest bathroom when I have visitors. I have a film drying chamber made from a garment bag that is easily removed at those times and folds up compactly.

In Europe, even having a "guest bathroom" in a 3 or 4 bedroom house would be quite the luxury. I think I know one house with one, and it was built as an extension for which the house was remortgaged in 2017. Owners may never pay it off.
 
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Nice to see Jason Kummerfeldt, his youtube channel was what got me into shooting film

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My Pentax 6x7 is a huge fan of his channel... both his 67 and mine have terrible spacing issues :smile:

That should be cleared up with a film back CLA [Clean, Lubricate and Adjust].
 
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"That sugar film"



There's a poor kid addicted to Mountain Dew, and his teeth are so rotted it is unbelievable.


When I was in grad school I alternated cooking with my roommate. No matter how I seasoned food he would without tasting the food pour a lot of salt on everything. So I started cooking with less and less salt. Soon I was not using salt unless it was needed for a chemical reactions such as in baking. Since then I do not use salt and avoid it as much as possible but it is in all processed foods. The first thing I notices is that everything tasted better without salt. Long story short, I see that after many decades, I am much healthier having cut the salt to an absolute minimum. My doctors tell me that they wish their other patients had done the same. At one time salt was needed for preserving foods, but that is no longer necessary.
 

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When I was in grad school I alternated cooking with my roommate. No matter how I seasoned food he would without tasting the food pour a lot of salt on everything. So I started cooking with less and less salt. Soon I was not using salt unless it was needed for a chemical reactions such as in baking. Since then I do not use salt and avoid it as much as possible but it is in all processed foods. The first thing I notices is that everything tasted better without salt. Long story short, I see that after many decades, I am much healthier having cut the salt to an absolute minimum. My doctors tell me that they wish their other patients had done the same. At one time salt was needed for preserving foods, but that is no longer necessary.

A baked potato without salt? What horror.
 
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A baked potato without salt? What horror.

Once you get used to it, it actually tastes better. But baked potatoes still have too much carbohydrates to be healthy.
 

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Two things. About 5 years ago I bought a used Nikon F100 from KEH in "Like New" condition. Today KEH has no "Like New" F100s for sale, however lower-grade F100s are listed for more than what I paid for mine. Also, recently I took some old slides from a 1988 trip to Europe for scanning to Creative Photo in Fort Myers, Florida, and they're doing quite well. It's near a university, and the owner told me the young are locking to film.
 
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Salt is really bad for you.
 
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