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The End Of Photography

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Are cameras a good thing any more? If you take a picture, people think you might be a pervert. Although I know I am a pervert, I will not admit it whilst holding a camera. :huh:

I nave some nice film cameras, but they get little use apart from "special occasions"

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I nave some nice film cameras, but they get little use apart from "special occasions"

I didn't think they liked to develop film with pictures of "special occasions". I thought that is what digital cameras were for.

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There is a theory that everyone is a photographer now and of all those millions some small 1% or so will get serious about it as a hobby.

The people who get seriously into it will sooner or later want to try out film photography, just for the different look and will start buying up old cameras because they don't really make them any more.

1% of everybody is probably more than the number of surviving cameras in good condition - so like vinyl the prices might rocket at some point.

but thats just a theory

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I was keen on photography in my 20s. I'm currently buying equipment I lusted after but couldn't afford back then.

If you want to do street photography, best to wear a high vis jacket and workie style clothes and boots, it makes you invisible.

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I was keen on photography in my 20s. I'm currently buying equipment I lusted after but couldn't afford back then.

If you want to do street photography, best to wear a high vis jacket and workie style clothes and boots, it makes you invisible.

The same outfit makes you invisible on oil rigs which all seem to be orange.

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If you're in SLR territory there's some overlap anyway because the lens mountings are the same (well, there are a few different ones, but the same for the same make at least) on digitial and film cameras. It's probably only me now who'll want to buy a new compact digital camera in the future though.

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If you're in SLR territory there's some overlap anyway because the lens mountings are the same (well, there are a few different ones, but the same for the same make at least) on digitial and film cameras. It's probably only me now who'll want to buy a new compact digital camera in the future though.

All the cheap lenses you get with consumer SLRs are designed to work with a smaller sensor area than you get with 35mm film - if you try to use them with a film camera you get terrible vignetting.

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All the cheap lenses you get with consumer SLRs are designed to work with a smaller sensor area than you get with 35mm film - if you try to use them with a film camera you get terrible vignetting.

That's interesting. The old lenses were good!

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I have a collection of film cameras I don't use now. Film has become too expensive and digital serves my needs just as well.

35mm flm will only continue as an expensive niche market.

I thought you were a polaroid man! Where nobody can see you pork?

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I have a collection of film cameras I don't use now. Film has become too expensive and digital serves my needs just as well.

35mm flm will only continue as an expensive niche market.

I too still have a couple of 35mm SLRs, plus a twin lens (120 roll film). Only use DSLR these days. I was late to the change over though!!

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I too still have a couple of 35mm SLRs, plus a twin lens (120 roll film). Only use DSLR these days. I was late to the change over though!!

You antique!

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Several of my peers have decided they are photographers.

The general pattern seems to be:

Decide to get "into photography" and buy a DSLR.

Take a few pictures of anything nearby and post them on a "photography competition" website.

Hassle your friends on Facebook to "vote" for your pictures.

Buy a more expensive DSLR and some extra lenses.

Take more pictures of anything within 100 yards of your house.

Start a blog.

Write 4 entries.

Get bored.

"shelve" photography while you concentrate on other hobbies.

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No I still have real cameras which cost a bog load and use film. Sometimes film saved the day. A friend's dog died, and I had a picture of him in better times. I had it blown up into a big picture. It is now framed and on the wall. Digital pictures get deleted.

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If you're in SLR territory there's some overlap anyway because the lens mountings are the same (well, there are a few different ones, but the same for the same make at least) on digitial and film cameras. It's probably only me now who'll want to buy a new compact digital camera in the future though.

Yes, everyone's a "photographer" now!

My main interest for years has been in that "overlap area" using mainly all-manual film-era lenses on modern dSLR bodies. These used to be dirt-cheap before they were "rediscovered" by the DSLR video and Micro 4/3rds crowd; the latter format's smaller sensor size and consequently short flange focal distance making feasible adaptors to almost all legacy film SLR lens systems.

I also shoot film - not usually printing but scanning the processed negatives to digital. I'm particularly fond of 1950s/ 60s-era Japanese film compacts - particularly half-frame.

Another "overlap" project was to fashion a DIY ultra-wide adaptor from a dead SLR lens and mount it in front of a 1990s Fuji digicam for some fun perspectives:

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My last decent camera was a Nikon FE2. I got it after my Nikon F401x was stolen. I lost very little money on the FE2 when I sold it. The modern SLRs lost loads.

I use my phone now, mostly, but image quality has tempted me back to my DSLR.

At university I went through a roll of film a week and have lots of albums I never look at. Now I just have loads of image files I never look at.

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My last decent camera was a Nikon FE2. I got it after my Nikon F401x was stolen. I lost very little money on the FE2 when I sold it. The modern SLRs lost loads.

I use my phone now, mostly, but image quality has tempted me back to my DSLR.

At university I went through a roll of film a week and have lots of albums I never look at. Now I just have loads of image files I never look at.

The FE2 was a smashing camera. Bow to the F2 and F3 that I have. Porno or news specials. :D They have all gone cheap as the fools admire "digital"!

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The FE2 was great, especially with the motor drive. I always fancied an F4.

My mate went to Antarctica with an FM2. No other cameras could cope.

The FM2 has no moving parts! My F2 would probably cope!

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The FM2 has no moving parts! My F2 would probably cope!

I began photography with an FE (after I ditched the Kodak Instamatic). An 80-yr old Pro natural history photographer started me off by recommending i got an FE or if I couldn't afford that an FM. "What is the difference between them ?" I asked. "The FE is F•cking Excellent" he said, "whereas the FM is just F*cking Magic".

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No I still have real cameras which cost a bog load and use film. Sometimes film saved the day. A friend's dog died, and I had a picture of him in better times. I had it blown up into a big picture. It is now framed and on the wall. Digital pictures get deleted.

Blowing up a dog just to get a picture is utterly cruel. No wonder it died.

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I think I bought my F3 in about 2000. It has a motor winder, and a big F1.2 lens. From memory I think it cost about £700. These are not flimsy and can go to war zones. The body alone was over £1000 when new. I bought another one in smashing condition (hardly used) some years later for £250, but it has the "wrong" viewfinder.

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I began photography with an FE (after I ditched the Kodak Instamatic). An 80-yr old Pro natural history photographer started me off by recommending i got an FE or if I couldn't afford that an FM. "What is the difference between them ?" I asked. "The FE is F•cking Excellent" he said, "whereas the FM is just F*cking Magic".

They were both good. I always liked Nikon. The FM is the manual one.

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