Which do you prefer digital or 35 mm camera?

@terri0824 (4991)
United States
June 24, 2007 9:21pm CST
I have owned a 35mm camera before. But I really like the digital camera. I have on that I just got, though I have had two others. I like the fact that you can see what you have before printing the picture. With 35mm camera, you may have a whole roll of bad pics and have to pay for bad pictures. Though I have a friend who is a photograher and he prefers 35mm camera. So which one do you prefer and why? Which do you own?
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24 responses
• United States
25 Jun 07
I so much prefer a digial camera. Priting photos just cost so darn much and not only that but I have a new baby so I take SOO MANY pictures. Plus if you mess up you can always delete. Or if your husband takes a picture of you while you are sleeping with your mouth wide open, so much easier to erase the evidence :)
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Thank you for responding. Yep, with having a baby I can imagine you do take lots of pictures. And always need to erase the evidence of an open mouth!!!!
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• Morocco
25 Jun 07
good i new and i want much friend
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@dfollin (12744)
• United States
25 Jun 07
I only have a small digital camera and I have not been able to get it to work yet.However I will figure it out till I can afford a bigger one.Every time I have used a 35 MM camera it will not rewind and I open it and end up exposing all the film.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Thank you for responding. You will figure it out! Pretty easy once you get the hang of it!
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Although I own both, I don't use my 35mm anymore because the digital is so much more convenient and cost effective. I used to take double pictures of everything with my 35mm, just to make sure that one of them would come out, and even then sometimes I got two bad pictures instead of one. When I developed the film, I never knew how many good pictures, if any would be on the roll. Then I would often want to scan one or two onto my computer. With the digital camera, I can see whether or not my picture is good the first time. Instead of taking every picture twice, I can take it once, or twenty times if needed, until I get just the shot I want. I can easily delete the bad ones and make room for the good ones, meaning no more wasted film. I can easily upload them onto my computer, and now I burn all of my photos onto a disc for storage.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
6 Jul 07
I too save my digital pics to storage disc, but only after losing many pics on my pc when it crashed. Always good to have a back up.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
6 Jul 07
This is true, you never know when something might happen and then they are gone.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Digital. I own a Canon PowerShot A540 model. It was around $200 and it's a great camera. I am looking into buying a new lens for better close ups of my gardening AND THE END RESULTS ETC. iT ONLY TAKES SOME GOOD PHOTGRAPHIC PAPER AND MY PRINTER TO MAKE THE SAME QUALITY PHOTOS FOR A SCAp book as a 35MM camera. So I now stick with my digital for all my photo taking opportunities. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
6 Jul 07
Sounds like you have a nice digital camera. I will like to upgrade my digital sometime soon.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Well I finally got my new digital camera about 2 months ago. It is the same as yours but its the A560. I am looking forward to taking lots of pics this summer. And then start to upload some of them here. Did you ever get a new lens for your camera? The way mine is that it automatically comes out when I turn it on, I'm not sure that I could add a different lens or not.
• Australia
26 Jun 07
I have a digital camera, and I love it! It is so much easier to take the *perfect* shot, as you can edit it, check it, reshoot, all on th espot. Nothing is worse than paying out for a roll of film to be developed, and then discovering blurred, or off centre shots. you can't go back and retake the photo, and you have just wasted that money. With my digital, I can always get the shot I want, and then I have the ability to print them out in any size, and as many as I like. I would never go back to a 35mm camera. The downside is, on my last vacation, I was really over using my old camera, and the battery went flat before the day was over, so I went and bought a disposable 35mm to get me through the day. I've since bought a better digital though, and this problem has never happened again :)
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@sanshray (149)
• India
25 Jun 07
Well, i would surely prefer the digital camera....C'mon its the tech age, those things rule. But for photographers, as your friend is one, like the 35mm camera. The 35mm camera requires more skill so actual photographers use that.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
9 Jul 07
Yes, it does take more skill to use a 35mm camera.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
25 Jun 07
Hey, I use my sister Inlaws digital camera alot, I have a 35 mm camera too, which has been ignored alot lol. I find the digital to be more beneficial, I can delete if I have too and take another shot many times over without having to worry about expenses and wasted film, I can transfer straight to my computer as well and not have to worry about buying film, If I needed it unexpectantly...
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
8 Jul 07
I do believe digital is the way to go these days. Thanks for responding.
• Australia
26 Mar 09
Cheap and mid-range digitals pack a lot more into the camera for the money than expensive film cameras: more zoom, macro, face detection...heaps more. But cheap film cameras give much better results than digitals costing up to $300. It doesn't matter so much if you are never going to print anything bigger than a photo sticker or a 6x4 postcard, but if you ever want to have an enlargement made, you will soon see the difference. Of course, many people don't print their pictures at all nowadays, and so they never see the difference, except when shooting in low light conditions, when the high noise of a digital image can look woeful. The money savings with digital cameras is really due to the fact that so few get printed: if you delete a pic you don't like and take another in its place, you will finish up with just as many photos: more in fact, because the apparent zero cost of digital tempts us to blaze away knowing we are never going to run out or have to buy more film. Printing costs are down because we don't do it, not because we don't print bad shots. On the other hand, what was a 10 minute trip to the shop to pick up some prints can now translate to hours in from=nt of screen, compiling, adjusting, editing and managing thousands of digital files. That is a cost we didn't have with film; and don't get me started on the cost of printer supplies! I could print 5 rolls of film for the cost of just one tank of ink, and my printer takes 6 tanks... and batteries: I used to replace batteries in my EOS 5 SLR once a year. Now I have to carry a couple of spares for each camera, and a couple of high-speed chargers just to go out for the day! Enough blather: I shoot digital; my film cameras gather dust.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
27 Mar 09
Thanks for your very detailed response.
• United States
19 May 08
Hello mother! If I was more talented with the camera like Danny then I would probally prefer the 35 mm but I'm not So I like the digital camera ,so I can see what I'm working with lol. I do however love your new digital camera I'm very jealous of it! It takes super pictures!
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
18 Mar 09
Hello daughter, I miss you not being here at mylot. I do have to admit, my digital camera does take pretty good pictures. And I have to agree if I was as talented as Danny, I would use 35mm too. Though I think he uses a digital camera some now too!
@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
17 May 08
Hi... i had an old SLR camera that i gave away...LOL... and i have my Sony Cybershot 5.1 Megapixel camera since 2006. It will turn two years old this coming June. I definitely prefer digital since i am a graphics artist and working with digital raw pictures are way better than scanning and fixing an old photo... the bigger the dpi/resolution, the better. Now, i am happily, documenting parties, vacation, get-togethers and keeping a digital copy in my hard drive. so happy digicams came into reality:-D how about you? do you like collect photos too?
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
23 May 08
I try to put my photos online at aol, and not store them on my pc because I've lost way too many pics just having them on my pc. I also store some pics on my thumb drive as well.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Apr 08
I love my digital. You can do pretty much anything with your pictures, print them, post them, e-mail them, edit them, save them on CD or other storage. See what you did right away and delete the bad ones. It's great!
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
22 Apr 08
I just recently got a new digital and still learning all the different settings. Looking forward to taking some pics now that the weather is getting warmer. Yes, nothing like seeing the pic and getting rid of the one's that don't turn out right away!
• Philippines
13 Jul 07
I have an advantix camera and i like how it brings result to the photos I had taken. But I would want a digital camera. Its so convenient to use and I could not just take photos from it but videos as well.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I just recently got a new digital cannon camera it has a video feature on it too. Haven't seen you around lately, hope you are doing okay!
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
I had a really great 35mm camera, which I loved and never had a problem with it. But now I have a digital camera and I really like the idea of looking at the photos first, its brilliant.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
12 Jul 07
Yes, brilliant indeed!
@aretha (2539)
• United States
26 Jun 07
i like my digital much better then the 35mm. i always had a bad habit of forgetting the film to get developed. with the digital i burn them to a disk and thats that.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
11 Jul 07
There are so many advantages of a digital camera over a 35 mm camera.
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
26 Jun 07
I own several cameras, both digital and 35mm and I prefer 35mm. I have a good SLR so it's rare that I make bad photos. Either way I can always use them for something. I also only develop the roll and scan in the negatives (or positives depending on the film I'm using) with my Epson scanner. Some labs also only let you pay for the photos which did work out, which saves on money. Not many places still do this though. I also use 120 film (medium format) and Polaroid film. All of this is still better than digital for me.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Thanks for responding. You must be a professional photographer, or have much experience using the 35mm camera.
@JUNGLE (1157)
• South Africa
26 Jun 07
I think most people would choose a digital camera over a 35mm or any other camera that uses film.I myself prefer the old type of camera but realise that as time is of the essence I would rather use a digital camera.I once had a clockwork 8mm cine camera and after some time I sold it. I was sorry later when I read about an artist who was using such a camera for making "Art" animation films.What I say is use digital cameras especially if its for business,but use 35mm and other film cameras for fun and recreation and perhaps for a feeling of the old times.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
10 Jul 07
I bet that was neat art animation films. Thanks for sharing.
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I prefer using a digital camera too. I don't mind using a 35 mm occasionally, but I definitely love being able to preview and delete the bad pictures, and it's so nice to not have to wait to get them developed or anything. I love being able to just put them right on the computer and print them, and also not have to pay for rolls of film all the time and the cost of having them developed.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
10 Jul 07
Yes, it is a cheaper process, using a digital versus a 35mm. And who wants a bunch of bad pics. No need for having them with a digital.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
I'd prefer a digital camera. With the 35 mm camera I have to figure out the settings, and not only that, have to find a dark place to remove the film, go to the photo place, and buy the prints, half which may not turn out because someone's thumb is in the way or the lighting is wrong. With digital camera if I can save $500 to buy a good one, I can see what it looks like before I shoot it. I can upload the results to my hard drive, I can put them on a Cd, and when I like I can print what I want after removing the red eye. If I do not have a proper printer, I can just go down to Walmart or have them printing at less the price than I would have had with 35 mm films.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
10 Jul 07
Thanks for responding. It is a lot cheaper in the long run with a digital than a 35mm. And you can get the perfect shot everytime.
@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
18 Apr 09
Personally I definately prefer a Digital Camera anymore to a regular camera. What I enjoy about a digital camera is that you can see right away what the picture is going to look like, and you can delete what you do not want to keep as well. I also like that you can download your pictures right away into a Computer and print them off etc. or send them via Email to anyone you want as well.
4 Jun 08
I think the analogue one.