Questions tagged [digital-vs-film]

Comparison of various aspects of digital photography against film photography.

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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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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 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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Why are these film photos brighter than digital photos taken at the same time with the same settings?

I took two photos - first one with Canon 5D Mark III and the second one with analog Canon EOS 500N. I used the same lens (Canon 50mm ƒ/1.4) and settings (ISO/shutter/aperture) for both of them. The ...
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Are the terms 'push' and 'pull' relevant/applicable to digital photography?

The terms push and pull come from the days of film processing, and there's more on that here and here, but essentially they refer to increasing or decreasing the chemical processing time to account ...
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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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How does long exposure photography work on digital cameras?

For analog photography it's pretty easy, the film is exposed to light during the exposure time, but what about digital sensors ? As far as I know a sensor can't "be exposed" for a long period of time,...
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How do depth of field and the circle of confusion relate to pixel size on the sensor?

I have been reading about depth-of-field and presume to have a sufficient understanding of what it means and how it is related to lens properties, lens aperture, focal length, sensor format size and ...
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What is the best focal length for using a DSLR to digitize film negatives?

I have 24-85mm zoom lens with Nikon D750. I am planning to use this setting for digitizing my B&W negative film. What's the preferred focal length to use for this purpose? People talk about ...
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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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How do I get a “Film” look with a digital camera? [closed]

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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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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Equipment and Services that turns DIGITAL images into 35mm negatives [closed]

Help! I'm working with a company looking to transfer digital images in film format so they can more easily reprint from film (larger sizes etc). I have been tasked with finding any and all equipment ...
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Focus in Analog and Digital Cameras [duplicate]

Why a subject not in focus in the viewfinder of an analog camera is seen as two misaligned half circles, while in that of a digital camera is evenly blurred?
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What are appropriate Circle of Confusion values for high-megapixel cameras? [duplicate]

Since the film days we have used 0.03 CoC for determining depth of field and similar calculations. In digital terms, does this best match with 6 or 12 or 24 or 36Mpixel full frame sensors? If this ...
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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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Lossless Format for B&W Scans [closed]

I will be scanning a number of old black and white photos from both medium format and from glass plates. I'm wondering what my best bet is for digitizing and archiving them. So I suppose it's a 2 part ...
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Why should a digital photographer learn to shoot film?

As someone who has only done photography seriously in a digital world, I've occasionally had folks recommend that I learn to shoot film as an educational experience. What reasons might one choose to ...
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Why shutter is not closed by-default on mirrorless cameras as it's closed on film ones?

As I change lenses often I get a few specs of dust from time to time on my sensor and then it just struck me that if you just close shutter when camera is turned off then you could overcame this ...
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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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How to reproduce Velvia 50 appearance with RAW processing?

It is well-known that Fuji Velvia 50 film has very vivid colors due to high color saturation. Strictly speaking, the film gives slightly incorrect results because the colors aren't that vivid in real ...
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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 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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Mirrorless cameras with a film look?

I'm looking for a robust (long-lasting) mirrorless camera with a price tag up to $2,000. So besides Leica and Nikon Z7, which brands should I go for if I want photos to look as close to film as ...
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What equipment did film photographers obsess over?

I found a box of old camera stuff in my in-law's house while helping them move and it got me thinking, "what equipment did film photographers obsess over back in the day?" For example, with modern ...
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Super 8 digital “back”?

I just bought a canon 1014 xl-s for 10 euro's on the flea market (this was a real bargain, since they go for 500-700 on eBay). This camera records using super 8, but since this would be a costly ...
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Why are my Portra 400 pictures darker than Portra 160? Shouldn't higher ISO result in brighter pictures?

I'm trying to gain a better understanding of taking pictures in film. I usually shoot in Portra 400 and I love how contrasty the pictures are, but iI can't help but notice that when I shoot with ...
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Workflow for processing medium format film into digital form

I'm considering to try a medium format photography. Coming totally from DSLR background, the workflow step I'm used to is: take digital image save the image (JPG/PNG, whatever) into the disk. I ...
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Will metering from a DSLR apply to a film SLR?

I still like to shoot with film (I use a Nikon F3) but I like the immediate feedback of digital. I'm thinking of buying a used DSLR to help me get the framing and lighting right when I shoot static ...
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Distinguishing Paintings from Photographs

Is there a simple, sure-fire, 100% accurate method one can use to distinguish paintings and other works of art from photographs? I am not asking: 'What is the difference between a painting and a photo?...
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How to get details from obscuring the composition in digital photography?

I am trying to make photos with a simple and obvious composition with large depth of field on a modern digital camera. The problem I keep running into is that details in the photos obscure the overall ...
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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 digital cameras said to suffer more from chromatic aberration than film cameras?

What makes digital cameras more prone to suffer from chromatic aberration than film cameras? I've read this at many websites, but the explanations differ, from what I think less credible explantions ...
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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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Does aliasing occur in film photography?

I have observed aliasing with digital photos and videos. While film does not have infinite resolution, it appears that film grain does not have the regularity of a digital sensor, so aliasing may not ...
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Can you use filters (CPL/UV/ND8) made for digital cameras with a film camera?

Just got this "Digital Filter Kit 2" from Hoya but planned on using it with a 35mm film camera. Does anyone have any experience with using "digital filters" with film cameras ? Does it work the same ? ...
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Why is digital photography so expensive?

Even after a decade since its inception, digital photography is still expensive. Each and every component from battery, lenses, accessories to printing is expensive. For a student who wants to pursue ...
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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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Does high reflectiveness of digital sensor lead to poor lens performance?

I Googled film vs dslr and found an article from 2007 that said: Digital sensor has higher reflectiveness than film. The light bouncing back from sensor will cause flare and lead to poor optical ...
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Help for a film shooter: how to cope with the paradox of choice?

So I've always shot film, and it was great because of the constraints it placed on color: you shoot 36 consecutive exposures with a particular feel, and if you don't like to results, deal with it ...
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Digital “expose to the right” vs film “expose shadows, develop highlights”?

So after working with film for a while with only a cursory technical understanding, I've started seriously shooting digital and I'm going buck-wild with the technical side of digital photography. I've ...
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Digital camera shutters

I'm researching different cameras and I've come across a question that I can't find a straight answer to. How do shutters in digital cameras work from a photographer's perspective? Firstly, does a ...
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What makes a camera a digital camera, and what other types are there?

What constitutes a digital camera? What properties does it need to be classified as a digital camera? I tried finding out if there are other types of cameras except digital cameras. I could only find ...
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What is the status today of dye-transfer (a process-technology for printing)?

What is today's status of the dye-transfer process-technology for printing? It is a technology that peaked in the 1980s, but due to rapid pace of innovation the printing industry it is now almost ...
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Is film better suited than digital for astrophotography?

When I tried to do long exposures of the sky with my entry level DSLR I noticed a lot of hot or dead pixels. Will shooting with my old cheap film SLR be better? Will film be better for long exposures ...
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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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Is it possible to use a flash for modern DSLR on an older film camera?

Older flashes could have higher voltage than newer flash for DSLR. In that case one risks that there is an higher than expected voltage difference with all the subsequents possible consequences for ...
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What is the white balance of film?

As opposed to digital photography, the white balance in film photography is fixed, cannot be changed easily after taking the shot and depends on the film. But what is the white balance of film? I know ...
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How can I achieve a soft but detailed film look digitally? [closed]

Wonderful photo of the streets of Athens I found. I'm an amateur photographer curious to learn how to make my digital photos (Canon Rebel T3i) look more like film. Like this photo here, it has that ...
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Do film emulation presets assume a certain white balance setting?

The other day I thought I'd try 'shooting a specific film', i.e., post-process all the shots from the day with one particular film emulation preset, Kodak Portra 160 in this case. But when I sat down ...