Questions tagged [digital-vs-film]

Comparison of various aspects of digital photography against film photography.

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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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Do UV filters serve any other purpose on modern lenses other than to protect them? [duplicate]

Are camera sensors sensitive to UV light? I thought that all modern cameras have UV protection 'built in'. Do UV filters serve any purpose nowadays other than protecting the lens from dirt, ...
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Why it is said that sharpening is always needed in digital pictures?

Is it the sensor to blame? Because film-based pictures do not need sharpening.
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Is it worth buying a SLR? [duplicate]

Is it worth buying a film camera? I have a DSLR but I also want to have an experience in using a SLR. I want a fully manual camera. DSLR cameras has manual mode but I think it's different from a SLR. ...
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How did film photographers overcome constant ISO/ASA values in low light situations?

Today in Digital SLR era, when I find myself in low light situation in a place that I can't use my tripod or I don't have it, and still don't want to get blurry images, I use the widest aperture which ...
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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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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 camera? Are ...
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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 like ...
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Do ISO values for Film and DSLR cameras have 1 to 1 correspondence?

For example, if we have a film with ISO/ASA speed of 100, is it equivalent to setting ISO = 100 on 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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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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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, mainly ...
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Why does blue sky gets rendered as black in black and white film photos?

I recently started using a film camera along with my digital camera. I took a picture with both the cameras. This one is from digital camera: Left is the photo without editing and right after ...
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Is there a reason that a film SLR would be preferred to a digital SLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of photography is still better done with film cameras? The capabilities of digital photography continue improve, however some manufacturers (including Nikon) still ...
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Is ISO 200 still considered to be a bad choice, on digital cameras?

In times of film photography there was a rule to either use ISO 100 film (or even great Velvia 50) which usually had considerably less grain noise than ISO 400 film. So 100 for outside or well lit ...
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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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Is it possible to make a 35mm digital camera with the same size / weight / price as a 35mm film camera?

Why are full-frame digital cameras huge, heavy, $6000 beasts when 35mm film cameras fit in a pocket and cost $6? Are full-frame cameras getting smaller, lighter and/or cheaper? If not, why? If ...
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Do you still bracket your photos?

Do you find that bracketing your photos is still in general a good practice, or has photo editing software greatly reduced the need for this? How To Bracket (Why You Should) Bracket Your Important ...
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What is preventing sensor ISOs from going lower than 100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can't the ISO level on most digital cameras be set below 80 So, take your typical DSLR sensor. It probably tops out at anywhere between 1600 - 6400 ISO. The reason ...
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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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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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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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