film vs digital photography

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Film vs Digital Photography

Today topic is the history of the camera, or more to the point film vs digital photography, no! We’re not going back to 1635 but we’re going to discuss film vs digital. Most of us today are digital photographers, but there’s still quite a few individuals shooting film.
Believe it or not, there are still individuals out there that still prefer film, It’s still available for development, so we’re cool if you still want to shoot film.
I remember when I as a nine-year-old kid the neighbour invited me over to learn photography, and I would have to spend time in the darkroom. No, I didn’t get the bug at that time. It wasn’t something that I was interested in, but I remember turning on the red light in the darkroom and working the image through all the chemicals, and developers. All we shot was black and white.

There was a colour home kit available with colour chemicals. At that time photographers would use the C-41 chromogenic color print film which is a color negative film or E-6, before that E-4 which was a color slide film The only one that you could not do at home was K-14 which was Kodachrome because it required a 14 step chemical development process. You needed to be scientists to develop the film. Most photographers would send the film out to Kodak, (Remember that name?). Sadly Kodachrome is now no longer available. However, Lars recalls a National Geographic photographer who stored Kodachrome in his freezer and would take it out for those he deemed special event. These are the last rolls of Kodachrome that he remembers.

Let discuss the type of films. There is 35 millimeter, medium format film 120 or 220. The difference being between the 120, and the 220 was the length. With 120 film you got anywhere between 10 to 16 shots, with 220 you got anywhere between 20 to 24 or more shots depending on what you’re shooting. 120 film had a paper backing that was the entire length of the roll, with 220 because it was a longer film it only had a partial paper at the front and the partial paper at the end of the roll. What the paper did, when it wrapped around the spool it stopped light leaks. Really kind of a smart idea and when we think about it. Wonder what the highest ISO back in the day, did they have ISO 3200, Watch Lars and Bob continue with the history lesson in the film vs digital.

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