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Does anyone still use 35MM film?

Does anyone still use 35mm film, or is it dead? I find shooting with film is enjoyable. I was out today photographing what insects i could find with my 35MM SLRs. I used both a Minolta MAXXUM SPxi and a Canon EOS Rebel G, both with 80MM lenses. Used 400 speed film. Coencidentaly, while looking through a local bookstore today, i found a copy of "pocket guide to 35MM photography" By kodak for 50 cents.



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NewAge-201424 days ago

Hi!

I've been using 35mm camera (Praktica MTL-5) for decades and it travelled with me to the most distant mountains in rain and heat. The best photos in my life I took with it.

The greatest advantage:

1. I never worried about batteries when going to places without electricity.
2. It was much easier to operate - focus and diaphragm are manual, I get what I see. Now, with my Canon 350D I have to go throuogh on screen menues, settings, modes, etc. just to do a simple thing that would took me 1 sec. on my old Praktica MTL-5. I have the Canon 350D for 3 years, yet I still can't find out how to do nights shots, for example - it is so complicated!

I have a DSLR camera but what I really find interesting I usually shoot it with 35mm film, it is much better.

Also, I plan to make a large format camera what will also use film and not a digital back.
mstrfxit2 years ago
You see , it takes a TRUE skilled Photographer to shoot with film, but now days everyone who has a Phone thinks they are a photographer. But for those of us who can shoot film know it takes more than a cameta to make you a photographer...
Nyanman3 years ago
no, i don't really use 35mm.
I prefer 120 for occasional use, but my primary camera and film is 4x5 film in a speed graphic.
Cool beans. I used to shoot 35mm until I got my dSLR (wildlife, mainly) - but I'm getting back into 4x5 for landscapes. Just picked up a uniroller & processing drum set. Time to finish that box of Ilford HP5!
moesboy2 years ago
I use ilford 35mm film exclusively, Digital camera still cant do photos as good as film
A beg to differ. Although there has to be a rush getting the perfect shot with film over digital. There's still the fact that with a digital camera you can take many shots to get the perfect one, and not kill yourself with hazardous chemicals.
I wasn't talking about composing a shot. I was talking about the picture quality. In colour digital has a smaller dynamic range still (although i will admit that unless you are talking motion picture film the difference isn't noticeable) and for black and white the variables are countless that digital has trouble with, there are ways to get close in post but it takes hours. and most photographers would rather use the film for high end black and white shoots.
I guess there's still a market for it. Though you end up having to scan the black and white photos if you want to use incredible force that is the internet. Which essentially turns it into a digital photo :P
ya, but I still want to have the high quality original, plus if I want to submit it into a show I have it reproduced from the negatives.

On a some what related note, I am soon buying the Canon 5D, its mainly for video but I will be doing a bit of still work with it too, it will become my colour camera
gmoon2 years ago
Not really. I've got a refrigerator drawer full of 35mm, 2 1/4, and even some sheet film. I doubt it will ever get used, it's been sitting for 10 years.

Must have spent at least a year of my life in darkrooms, so there's no novelty involved whatsoever. I probably processed a couple miles of 35mm film.

That doesn't mean I don't appreciate the medium, or see the romantic attraction--only that I wouldn't give up the professional advantages of digital.
Well said.
pdesmidt2 years ago
Sure, although I mainly use medium and large format cameras. Check out apug.org , a site devoted to analogue photography.
Vyger2 years ago
In case anyone hasn't heard, Kodak has filed bankruptcy.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/retail/story/2012-01-19/Kodak-bankruptcy/52660342/1
tylercard2 years ago
I shoot mostly in 35mm and 120mm if I'm doing it for leisure. I was given over 500 feet (which equals about 150 32-exposure rolls) of expired bulk film and expired developing chemicals, and I just like the look of it more than digital. I am also a purist and don't believe in excessive digital manipulation.
My daily camera is a Minolta x-700, and I also use a Nikon FE-2, Olympus OM-4, and Canon AE-1.
I also use a Graflex 4x5, an argus c-twenty, and Rolleiflex 2.8F TLR.

Expired Kodak Pro-X 100
Check out my flickr set if you'd like to see more.
I actually prefer using analogue cameras over digital ones. The excitement of not being able to see the outcome right away gets to me. Expired 35mm film has some interesting effects. :)
I agree with you, I have dug out my OM1 and some lenses, I find that having to wait till the film is developed is exciting, also I try not to waste frames on just anything.

Barrie
It makes an interesting IR filter IIRC...
I have a freezer full of 35mm chrome and 120/220 film I use once in a while.


Kodak Infrared
Velvia
Provia
Asita
Agfachrome
NPS
...and a few other films I don't normally use.
dear alpha, just read ur post about u having a freezer full of film, i was wondering if u would be interested in selling any of the film, i still shoot primarily in film, but just got my hands on a nikon d700, but still prefer my old nikon f90 & minolta x700, the films i am most interested in r the infrared & agfachrome, if u would be intersted in selling them, u can email me at rklee2020@yahoo.ca thank u so much for answering & replying in advance, & if uhave any other films that r hard to find or u don^t use that much i might be interested in those too, thank u again urs truly
kirk
ve2vfd3 years ago
I also have several dSLR's and love them for most of my photography...

But I kept my old Minolta X-700 and a couple of Rokkor primes for black and white work. No digital conversion can simulate that rich Tri-X 400 grain.
richie_1143 years ago
On a (somewhat) related note, snatch up any "expired film" you can! Sometimes the results are like nothing you've ever seen, and sometimes there just still good.
richie_1143 years ago
I use several film formats, 35mm, 120 and when I can buy it 620. I've recently started developing at home and if you like film I advise you go that route too, I love my old cameras!
Clayton H.4 years ago
I use it and I love the reactions of people when they ask to see the picture after its taken.
erie945504 years ago
I love using film!
im rocking a nikon n70!
Nano_Burger4 years ago
Yes.
caitlinsdad4 years ago
I still have a few disposable cameras laying around, all in various stages of not finishing up the roll, exp date maybe 1990's.  I should get them processed to see what was on them.
Kiteman4 years ago
My brother-in-law owns a photo-developing business, but has had to branch out into printing t-shirts and mugs etc, since his 35mm trade doesn't even cover the cost of switching the machine on.


gmjhowe4 years ago
 I have a fancy dSLR with a range of lenses that get alot of use.

But, I also do use both 35mm film, and 120 film. I have several older cameras that I use film with, I find that shooting with various older cameras tend to have personalities that you get to know.