Lomo + Film

Lomo + Film

It’s like the old holden vs ford, nikon vs canon comparisons…….film vs digital.  Since working here at CESCO I have noticed a lot of photographers coming in and purchasing film – going back to the roots of photography.  Its not just the older-aged amongst us either, younger photographers have shown an increased interest in film cameras such as the Lomo Diana range.  In fact, the range was one of our most popular Christmas pressie sellers.

So is there an urge for people to go back to something that is a bit elusive?  Something that offers more of a challenge than just popping a card into a reader, loading the image to the computer and make a few changes in Lightroom, PS or your chosen program?

Shooting film makes a person stop and think about their shot, aperture, lighting and other environmental factors.  You slow down……there’s no delete button on the camera!!

I guess what we would like to know is do you think film photography is a dying art or is it something that should be considered a crucial part of the photographic experience?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:05h, 11 February

    Film is yummy, om nom nom nom!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:41h, 11 February

    Surely even when shooting digital you should be thinking about aperture, shutter speed etc? I think film belongs in the archives along with vinyl records and cassette tapes.


  • Sally
    Posted at 05:43h, 12 February

    Film has a whole totally different "feel" to it than a digital image. You just can't fake that in a photo editing program. Understanding how to shoot on film is vital to being able to understand how to shoot on digital.

    Film advantages include the fact the I can see what's on the roll without having to start a machine of some sort. I can just hold the negatives up & see which one I want right away. While needing room to be stored, negatives have the advantage of always being viewable (barring any accidents, etc.) Digital needs to have special equipment/programs to view. Film technology is relatively stable. Film will keep for a very long time when properly taken care of. Digitals degrade over time & you're always needing to upgrade your storage media to keep up with technology. I'm still using cameras made early last century. My first digital is now e-waste after only a few years. The environmental impact of digital is quite high compared to film usage.

    It's also quite magical to me to watch an image come up in the darkroom. It's a place where I can be alone to think or just a place to get away from things for a bit.

    I do processes that pre-date film as well — gum bichromate and cyanotypes. I like the hands-on approach to working.

    That being said, there's also a place in my arsenal for digital. Digital frees me up to just shoot and not worry about the cost of film. I just have to worry about the cost of batteries. It's all a trade-off & it just depends on what my project asks of me.

    And Bob — Vinyl is making a comeback with the young people as well. :o)

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:53h, 14 February

    the ol'film and darkroom is definitely an experience i'll treasure and i was all prepared to set up my own darkroom when my camera died and i converted to digital (something i thought i'd never do) but in my situation, young kids and no time the digital is the only way for me, cheap (free after initial purchase – unless you need every accessory) and digital slr's – if you need to – just about do it all for you. so if the kids are on the move and i don't have time to adjust the settings auto is awesome! I wish i had time for film and the $$ as it is becoming rare not everywhere sells it and if you don't have a darkroom some places have to send it interstate.


  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:40h, 19 February

    I used to like film. Loved Kodachrome KR64 and also used to process and print all my own black and white.
    Well, I would not go back to it now. The cost of transparency film, the time spent to process it etc. Totally prohibitive. It worked out to about $0.70 a shot when I shot E6 film.
    As much as we dont like having to pay $6,000 or so for a Nikon D3, the running costs are much lower. Of course, the cameras get replaced much more often now, compared to the product life cycle of a Nikon F3, Nikon F4,Nikon F5 etc.

    My biggest cost now is buying another 8 Gb card

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