Do you still use rolls or have you entered the digital era?

United States
January 1, 2007 9:23pm CST
I love my old school camera. But I do have a digital. How long do you think it will take for digital to completely phase out film? I have taken alot of awesome photos with both. Thanks.
18 responses
@xiongqh (792)
• Hong Kong
9 Jan 07
I love the old rolls camera, though I like the digital camera, but it cannot replace the old one. I used it more than 5 years, I very like it, it noted all that hings happened in my youngerhood, my school time, and when I am a freshman in the carneer. The digital one can get quickly photo, I like it too.
• United States
19 Jan 07
Thanks. Your the best.
• United States
19 Jan 07
Thanks. Your the best.
@oceangirl (170)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I have used digital exclusively for a few years now. I'm just waiting for printing technology to *truly* catch up... I like being able to see my pics right away and know if they're any good or not, rather than taking roll after roll of film hoping for that one perfect shot. Also, memory cards are of course re-usable. Film and developing adds up in expense! I'm just a minor photographic hobbyist, though, only a bit above "snapshots." Others might disagree. I imagine there will always be art-quality purists who insist on old-style film. :)
@ilunice (947)
• Netherlands
8 Jan 07
I guess it might take the next 100 years or so especially in places like africa and Asia. Most people in these continents cannot affor to purchase digital cameras. So the still rely on rolls and films. Besides, the printing technology that goes with digital cameral is not yet available except one prints from laser printer. Printin pictures on laser or inkjet printers is not cost effective. I doubt it how many individuals can afford it in places where poverty abounds.
• United States
9 Jan 07
I am still using film exclusively. About six years ago I was looking at digital cameras and reading specs on one and it said that you could get good quality reprints up to a 5 by 7. That took me back a bit and I thought with my 35m film camera I can get excellent quality reprints up to poster size. I know digitals have improved in the meantime but I haven't looked at them anymore. I took a class last year in black and white darkroom work. It was great fun. A few people had some of the larger size negatives, and they were pretty nice. I'm sure I will get a digital camera in the near future, if only a cheap one so I can email pics to friends.
• United States
19 Jan 07
Thanks for the insight
@xphile777 (428)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I have gone totally digital. For work, it's an absolute necessity (I'm a freelance writer and photographer). Plus, personally, I love the control I have over the finished product, not to mention having instant access to my shots and no developing costs. I started out with a Sony 3.3 MP CyberShot a couple of years ago and really got addicted to shooting for my own pleasure. But being the SLR snob I am, I really wanted a digital SLR, but couldn't afford one. Then last year I was able to buy a digital SLR (Canon Rebel XT) and I've gotten great pictures with it. I'll only use film again as a backup if something happens to my SLR. Almost everyone I know who shoots professionally has gone digital. I think the improvements digitals have made (and continue to make) in quality and the long-term costs associated with film cameras will relagate film to artists and die-hard fans.
• United States
10 Jan 07
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• United States
2 Jan 07
Husband and I picked up a Nikon D70 Digital camera a year and a half ago and we love it! it was what spiked our interest in photography. At the time it cost us $1500, but now you can get one for about $1000. If you like to see your work right when its done, this is a great way to go. I hate spending money on film jus to find that maybe one picture turned out and i spent a good $25-$50 (depending on the rolls) on developing them. But, i guess we all have opinions on what we prefer.
@craftwave (1338)
• United States
3 Jan 07
You can take black and white with digital and sepia as well.
@FishStick (102)
• Belgium
21 Jan 07
I skipped the analog part, because I started taking photographs recently. But I think it is still great to make photographs with an analog camera. Making your pictures in your dark room. I would love to do it if I had the oppurtunity.
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I have a digital camera but I also have a old school one to because I get free film as long as I have the camera so Its cheaper with it from CVS. its great film for free for life of the camera.
@ediza02 (107)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
I love digital cameras because I save money from printing bad shots. This is the main reason why I only use digital camera now. An besides, they are asier to use than the conventional SLR camera. I just think they are outdated now and not so practical to use because we have print the whole roll before seeing anything while with digital, you can view first before printing the good ones. Hence, you save money and effort.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Digital is increasing its market share but I still se a lot of people who have digital cameras that will purchase a disposable camera for a special event to have photos in their hands. I still buy a water prof disposable camera when I am going on a water trip, whitewater rafting. $7.00 is a lot cheeper than a $200+ water proof case for a single camera.
@tomoe_spy (260)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
digital cameras wouldn't be able to completely phase out film cameras, why? it's because of those people who are in fine arts, they're the ones who always use film, also those who are taking basic photography in any course the first thing they offer to use is a film camera so that you could learn all the basics
@Jemina (5783)
19 Jan 07
I'm not sure when will films be absolutely phased out. I have asked the same question myslef everytime I go to a developing center and still see films on the shelves. My first camera was film and the first time I used it the film was exposed before getting to the developing center. Now that I have a digicam I have no worry about wasting films and moments. But sometimes though I get frustrated because it's not simple to operate. YOu have to adjust the settings etc and the worse thing is when you ask someone to take a picture for you and don't know how to adjust and the result is blurry, it's really disappointing. HOwever, I'm learning to use my digicam in a more effective way.
@tomoe_spy (260)
• Philippines
16 Jan 07
I'm still using my canon ae-1 film camera,but hopefully by net month i could buy a canon eos 400d dslr camera for a change
• India
10 Jan 07
mostly people use digital, bvut i guess film shud be preferred choice by professionals...
• United States
9 Jan 07
I use both. However, I do competitive photography and I need an SLR and the digital ones are still out of my price range, so I use film. Once I can buy a DSLR, I would probably not use film all that much any more.
• Philippines
7 Jan 07
FILM!!! I love film and my SLR. although digital is more convenient and cheap, I don't feel digital is better than film. the quality of digital pictures may be catching on to old school pictures but its just not the same. I think film will be here for a while longer.
5 Jan 07
I use both. The quality of the picture from my 35mm is better than my digital. The 35mm has a flash, my digital does not. I guess I am stubborn is preferring the 35mm, but the digital is growing on me. I just can't afford to buy a new one. The zoom on my 35mm is better, the picture doesn't wash out like it does on the digital. Film can get expensive to develop, but to me it is still worth it. It really depends on the type of picture that I want to take, so I always take both cameras with me.
@craftwave (1338)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I just got delivered today my new digital Canon SD900. I had another digital that I bought about five years ago and it only had 3.1 mega pixels my new one has 10. I really like my digital and so wanted to upgrade it for a better one. Can't wait to try it out. When I do I'll post some pics on here in my profile and you cna compare the results if you want. personaly I think most people will do a digital but there will always be someone who loves there film. Probably proffesional photographers.
• Canada
2 Jan 07
Once I went digital(only recently), I realized that I will NEVER go back to the old way. I know, I know, everyone says never say never, but I mean it. I love my digital camera. It's so easy to take pictures and get some great shots. I can't take video with an old fashioned camera now can I? I paid around $400 for my camera including a 2 GB memory card, so it wasn't much to pay. I'm not worried about the cost especially since it will pay off in the long run.