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Digital vs. 35mm Film
 
As the controversy rages some facts are quite evident. Digital photography does many things better than film photography. Is digital better than film? Well, read the following somewhat wild and caustic comparisons, and make your own decision.
   

Digital

vs.

35mm Film

Digital media can contain hundreds or even thousands of images on each memory card.
Limited to about 36 exposures unless your camera supports a large roll back.
Taking pictures is basically free. Once you have paid for your digital memory cards, you can shoot until you're satisfied. Printing the images still incurs a cost though, many times higher than 35mm. Fortunately, you can pick which images you want to print instead of printing them all and shoving a bunch in a shoebox in the closet.
Taking pictures costs money. First you must buy the film, and at a minimum process it, such as with a transparency. Then you must pay for prints. You could save some money by spending hours in a darkroom, pouring chemicals all over yourself and breathing toxic gases, thereby shortening your lifespan. You pay before you view your images.
Instant gratification. Our society thrives on getting what we want RIGHT NOW! Digital imaging gives you your images RIGHT NOW!
Let's see. Take the roll to the processor, come back later. It is nice that Wal-Mart offers a one-hour photo place now though. Most will wait a week though.
Your images can be kept safe by keeping multiple copies of the original image in different places. Digital images can easily be copied to the latest storage media as it becomes available, so you never really have to worry about losing your images.
Film fades, gets eaten by bugs, gets dusty, bent, and fingerprinty. You could make copies of the original, but eventually the original will fall apart. Degradation is a guarantee. You could scan the image, but that would still not give you the dynamic range a good digital camera image will provide.
You can relax and take pictures. Instead of wondering, "Did that one come out alright?" You just look at the image. If it was a dud, no one but you will ever see it. Blow it away immediately. No client will ever see a bad picture under any circumstances. Your images will all be nicely exposed, fully sharp, or they will be deleted!
Takes skill, timing, experience, and all the other things that take years to develop. Not that this is a bad thing, but, it is a bit disappointing when only one or two out of thirty-six images makes the grade. What could you do with your real skill, if you could see each image as you made it? Think about it!
The camera costs more than a comparable 35mm camera. But, it costs much less to use it over the long run. Digital imaging is reducing in cost.
The camera costs less than digital cameras, but costs much more to operate over the long run. You pay with your money, or you pay with your time.
You have a variable ISO setting, and can change your camera's light sensitivity mid-roll. One image can be made for one light level, and another made almost immediately for another. If you are chicken, you can even let the camera decide what ISO speed to use.
You must use one film ISO sensitivity until the roll is finished, unless you are willing to change film mid-roll, or use a camera with a replaceable back. But, that leaves the 35mm world, doesn't it? Always have that flash unit ready, unless the preacher won't let you use one! Trouble!
You can use your camera until the lens falls off, or you decide to buy the next gigapixel wonder. Don't listen to the filmers when they tell you your camera will soon be obsolete. It will only be obsolete when we start doing 16x20's for album snapshots. If it makes a nice 4x6 today, will it not do so tomorrow, or five years from now? If an 8x10 looks great from your camera today, will it not look great six years from now.
Your camera will last forever, or until you drop it, or until film is no longer available, or until you finally buy digital. I understand that they are making an insert that makes a regular 35mm camera into a digital. In the meantime, film cameras are gradually becoming obsolete. eBay is full of ads for film cameras right now. Many of them make the statement, "I am only selling since I am going digital." Why is Kodak leaving Rochester NY?
   

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