April 2012 Monthly Archive

April 05, 2012

Shooting with Film, Part 1

Kodak Tri-X 400 Kodak Tri-X 400
Now that digital has nearly entirely taken over for film photography, the variety of different types of cameras has rapidly diminished. This has probably to do with the increased burden of camera manufacturers to supply the incredibly complex technology of image capture and processing. In the days of film, as long as you had a lens, a shutter, and a mechanism to load film, you could develop your own camera system.

Now, that simple process of capturing an image on film has been replaced with digital sensors, image processors, buffers, not to mention the fully-fledged operating systems needed to control the camera functions. Unfortunately, I think this leads to camera manufacturers becoming more conservative in their designs. The time and money spent in research and development on digital cameras means that manufacturers design their cameras to appeal to the broadest audience possible. That audience is almost always the average consumer, not the enthusiast. This all means that the more specialized camera types (for example: medium format, and rangefinders) get more expensive and harder to acquire unless you’re a successful professional or independently wealthy.

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