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Why is digital photography so expensive?

Digital photography is not expensive but buying into it is. With film photography camera and lenses were a moderate investment but these lasted quite long. Even a battery in a film camera would last ...
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Why is digital photography so expensive?

On the contrary, basic digital photography is essentially free nowadays, unlike any other time in history. When purchasing a phone (and everyone has a phone), you automatically get a camera, paying ...
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Does aliasing occur in film photography?

No. Aliasing is result of sampling, taking discrete samples or readings of a signal, at a low enough frequency that the frequencies in the input signal are confused for other frequencies, such that ...
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Help for a film shooter: how to cope with the paradox of choice?

There's no one way. Personally I find digital frees me to defer choices until after the shot. Not only that but I can "discover" new interpretations of a scene with different crops, different toning,...
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Why is digital photography so expensive?

I disagree with it being expensive. For a student, implying that they have to learn the craft, you don't need to buy the best and baddest D5 or D750 or 7d MkII. As they say in photography, what truly ...
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Why are these film photos brighter than digital photos taken at the same time with the same settings?

Film is not brighter, it has different tone curve. In your examples highlights and shadows from negative are translated differently to the print than digital. With traditional films like the HP5 the ...
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What equipment did film photographers obsess over?

Oh, goodness — everything. Film, camera, lenses, lighting, style, fashions and trends, whether or not photography is art, everything we see today. But the "forums" were... more literal forums — people ...
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What is the best focal length for using a DSLR to digitize film negatives?

Assuming you're scanning 35mm or medium format negatives, and that you want to use the full resolution of your DSLR to digitize your negatives/slides, you can't do it with your setup (D750 + 24–85mm ...
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Help for a film shooter: how to cope with the paradox of choice?

I also came to digital from film. For me personalty I shoot only in RAW, when I post process I strive to achieve realistic colors and a true representation of the scene as I remember it. My opinion ...
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Why are these film photos brighter than digital photos taken at the same time with the same settings?

There is the potential for variations in many of these steps, but the first one that jumps out at me is that you used the same ISO, aperture, and shutter speed for both exposures. Also, answering your ...
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Why is digital photography so expensive?

I think one of the first things I learned about photography was, it is not a cheap hobby. It will eat all the spare income you have. Cameras are pretty sophisticated bits of kit, whether to film or ...
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Why is digital photography so expensive?

The cost stays high for new gear because it is new gear. The cameras you can buy today are much better than the cameras you could buy even 2-3 years ago. New technological development costs money ...
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What equipment did film photographers obsess over?

Simple. Film shooter obsessed over...wait for it...film. How different emulsions captured the same scene, which could be push or pulled, which reacted well to stand development and how each reacted ...
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Why is digital photography so expensive?

The thing about digital cameras is that they were already so good ten years ago that even old, used equipment is more than adequate for students or even serious amateurs. I'm still using my Nikon D50 ...
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Why are these film photos brighter than digital photos taken at the same time with the same settings?

There is some latitude with regard to ISO sensitivity. Digital cameras often are less sensitive than the rated "base" sensitivity. The manufacturers tend to round up, possibly because it can make test ...
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Is film better suited than digital for astrophotography?

The problem with film is that it's sensitivity reduces with the reduction of power of light source. This means that if you need exposure time x to get a ...
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How to get details from obscuring the composition in digital photography?

Your question seems to be based on the assumption that the problem is the digital camera. But it's not. The key here is composition. When a shot, or, in fact, any image is properly composed, it looks ...
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How to reproduce Velvia 50 appearance with RAW processing?

Note: Even the most accurate representation of the actual film will not be able to reproduce all its properties - film behaves very differently than sensors or digital images, so if you really want to ...
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Equipment and Services that turns DIGITAL images into 35mm negatives

Every service I'm aware of that produces large format prints from film will initially scan your film into a digital file anyway. Cutting out the middle man will allow you to use a color-managed ...
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Is film better suited than digital for astrophotography?

No, digital will be still better than film, because of its higher sensitivity and ease of use. All serious astronomy work moved to digital even before amateur dslr cameras appeared. Dead or hot ...
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Does aliasing occur in film photography?

For static images, the effects which would be described by the term "aliasing" won't occur in photographic film because there is no regular spacing or alignment of the photosensitive grains, so no co-...
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Does aliasing occur in film photography?

scottbb's answer is correct in that no aliasing occurs inside a film camera. However, some forms of aliasing occur outside the camera: These Moiré patterns are visible to both film and digital ...
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Workflow for processing medium format film into digital form

Assuming your end product is a digital image (i.e. not a paper print) the steps of your workflow are simple: develop the film scan the images As for developing: it is important to consider Black &...
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Why are my Portra 400 pictures darker than Portra 160? Shouldn't higher ISO result in brighter pictures?

ISO (derived from ASA), can be approximated as the reciprocal of the shutter speed which, at f/16, produces a satisfactory exposure in bright sunlight. E.G. old Kodachrome, ASA 10, required 1/10 ...
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What equipment did film photographers obsess over?

Online forums (even Web-based, and before that BBS/FIDO/Usenet) were already well developed before mass acceptance of digital photography. From the memory, popular subjects included: lens: fast/tele/...
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What is the best focal length for using a DSLR to digitize film negatives?

What's the preferred focal length to use (my 24-85mm lens) for this purpose? It's not so much about focal length when using a general purpose zoom lens as it is about what type of lens design you ...
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Help for a film shooter: how to cope with the paradox of choice?

It probably depends on what you intend to do with the photos. Your concerns will be different if you're shooting professionally for print publication vs. snapping candid family photos. I used to ...
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Digital camera shutters

Firstly, does a mechanical shutter in a digital camera work the same way as in a film-based camera? Yes, it's exactly the same. If I use a slow shutter speed, am I actually exposing the sensor for ...
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Why are these film photos brighter than digital photos taken at the same time with the same settings?

They could simply not have the scanner calibrated, or they have some arbitrary values. You need to analize the negative and check if it is really that overexposed. But also take into account that ...
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How does long exposure photography work on digital cameras?

As far as I know a sensor can't "be exposed" for a long period of time That is wrong, you can't capture an image at an "exact monent". An image whether film or digital is formed by photons hitting a ...
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