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Comparison of various aspects of digital photography against film photography.

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What is “ISO” on a digital camera?

What is "ISO" in general, and how is the scale defined? How does the ISO scale for film speed differ from ISO sensitivity as used in digital cameras? Is lower ISO always better?
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Do smaller apertures provide more depth of field past the diffraction limit, even if peak sharpness suffers?

In Understanding Exposure (3rd edition, on page 48), Bryan Peterson has what might be called a rant against modern on-line conventional wisdom about diffraction limits. Answers on this web site are ...
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What megapixel value is equivalent to which ISO film?

Is there some kind of equivalency table or formula that expresses what kind of pixels you need in a digital camera to have roughly the same quality as a particular ISO graded film? What other ...
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What kind of photography is still better done with film cameras?

Are there any kind of photography left today which digital cameras are still in the disadvantage to film cameras?
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Why are blown highlights particularly bad in digital photography?

I've heard that digital sensors are less "forgiving" of blown highlights than film. Why is this? There's something called "characteristic curves". How does this relate, in film and in digital? Can ...
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Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels?

Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels? Somebody told me so today, and I find it surprising.
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What advantages does 35mm film have over high-end digital?

In this day and age, do 35mm film cameras have any advantages over high-end digital cameras? I am thinking mostly about image quality, but sure, other aspects are interesting, too.
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How do I get a “Film” look with a digital camera?

What can I do, in terms of lightning, to make Digital look like Film? By that I mean a "dreamy" sort of look. Does it has to do with the color temperature? the setup?
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Is it possible to do infrared photography with digital cameras?

I remember taking infrared pictures with a simple filter and black and white film. How can I do something like this with digital cameras? Or is this even possible?
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Is it possible to convert a film SLR to digital?

This may well be a question to which the answer is "can't be done," but I was wondering whether it was possible to convert a film SLR to a DSLR by putting a sensor in place of the film. I have a bunch ...
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Should higher ISOs really be preferred (all other things being equal)?

My understanding of the ISO setting on digital cameras is that, unlike film-cameras, changing the ISO does not evoke any physical change in the camera. Rather, it simply tells the camera to multiply ...
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What are the pros and cons of film and digital for B&W photography?

What are the pros and cons of both platforms in context of black and white photography? There are several rather subjective arguments out there (like "film has richer gray-tones") and they're welcome ...
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What is the equivalent resolution of a 35mm film [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What megapixel value is equivalent to which ISO film? Is it true that '80s 35mm photofilm had quality corresponding to 24 megapixels? I know this is a little bit ...
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Does longer exposure increase saturation?

I have read that longer exposure times lead to increase/improved saturation and that landscape photogs use ND filters to allow for longer exposures to get better saturation. Is this true and does ...
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Why don't cameras capture dynamic range as our eyes do?

When sitting in a room with no lights on, and I look out the window, I can easily see the interior of the room even if I focus on a tree outside. Why can a camera not capture a similar image to what ...
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Is there a difference in dynamic range between film and digital?

Is there a difference in dynamic range between film and digital?
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Is it true that film SLRs are obsolete unless you develop your own photos?

I have been told that most photo labs now use scanners and print your photos from these scanned images. I live in an area with only a few photo labs such as Wal-mart, Target, and the local Groceries, ...
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Does reciprocity failure (Schwarzschild effect) exist in digital photography?

In analog photography (film) there was an effect called "Schwartschild effect", or Reciprocity failure when making long exposures (usually more than few seconds). Some film brands created ...
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Is it worth investing in a used 35 mm Film camera?

I've a Canon 60D and I'm mainly interested in shooting landscapes. I feel very interested in buying a used canon EOS film camera (since my EF lenses are compatible). I would like to take pictures ...
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What is the difference between digital high ISO noise and film grain?

What is the difference between digital high ISO noise and film grain? Why does one "eat detail" and the other does not?
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How does flexible ISO make shooting digital different from film?

I was thinking at the differences between SLR and DLSR (in Manual mode). In both cases you can change aperture and shutter speed as it suits you. But with SLR you are stuck with the ISO of the film ...
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Were lenses for film designed to focus different colors at different depths, and what does that mean for digital?

I was reading the book Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop by Martin Evening & Jeff Schewe (Focal Press. 2011) and read this paragraph about film lenses and DSLRs: … ...
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Old reflex to digital

I have an old Nikon Nikkormat reflex film camera. It's an object of sentimental value more than else, but I would like to know if it's possible to "convert" it to digital. Something like a fake film ...
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What is the difference between an SLR and a DSLR?

What are the differences between SLRs and DSLRs? (I know that DSLRs are Digital SLRs but are there any actual differences?) Also, what are the advantages/disadvantages of both?
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Are there any reasons to use film cameras anymore? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of photography is still better done with film cameras? Other than the love of the style, are there any solid reasons to use a film camera over a digital ...
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What camera and accessories do I need for taking photos of paintings made with acrylics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best practices for taking pictures of a canvas? I currently have a 2 year old digital camera and am looking into taking professional photos of my artwork, ...