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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 getting together in person to discuss in photography and camera clubs. And, instead of the blogosphere of today, so many periodicals. To get a taste, do a ...


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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 Nikon lens) alone. Why? You have to think in terms of magnification (also called reproduction ratio). See also: What does "magnification" mean? How ...


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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 to a different developer. Darkroom techniques. These types of questions are still a hot topic on film discussion sites. With film, the camera is quite ...


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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 have that Velvia 50 look: Shoot Velvia. Although I myself am 90% digital, even I think that it is still great fun and very satisfying to shoot film from time ...


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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/portrait/tilt-and-shift; Canon vs Nikon vs Pentax vs ... That still goes on with little change filters. That also goes on, but in B/W photography filters ...


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Film speed In analog photography, ISO measures the sensitivity of the film to the light. A film with higher speed will reach its saturation (or overexposure) point faster. You can use a low-ISO film in bright light. In dimmer situations, it may require a wider aperture than you have available or a very long shutter speed. You can use a high-ISO film when ...


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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 should think about using. People talk about macro lens, is it really necessary if I already have the above zoom lens? There are a few basic advantages to ...


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The analog camera you use most likely has no autofocus and thus has a split prism. These are great for manual focusing, but not so great for auto exposure (AE), as AE is done after the focusing screen. Since AF usually works fast (and has a confirmation by LEDs), most cameras use plain focusing screens, though some professional cameras offer interchangeable ...


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Your assumption about analog vs. digital viewfinders is incorrect. Some digital cameras still use "two misaligned half circles" for focusing and some analog film cameras do not. "two misaligned half circles" for focusing is also called "Split Prism" and was a focusing aid used in most older, Manual Focus cameras. When Auto Focus lenses were developed for ...


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A macro lens is not necessary to get a scan but you get better results with a macro lens because you can get a better magnification level. Whether your lens (and the DSLR solution vs dedicated film scanner) is good enough for your needs, only you can answer that. Essentially you want to be close to the negative to fill the frame but you want to avoid ...


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Producing images captured with a digital camera that have a "film look" is more about post-processing the raw image data produced by the camera than it is about the camera itself. The two most important considerations are the knowledge and skill of the person doing the post-processing as well as the technical capabilities of the post processing software. ...


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