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Feb 18, 2006, 1:58 PM

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Made the move to digital Can't Post

After 30+ years as a film photographer, I've made the move to digital.

While I see there are great benefits, there are also a lot of drawbacks.

The cameras don't respond as quickly, and I'm finding I'm losing more shots than I'm capturing. The tonal ranges are not as good, and while there is PhotoShop, it's not the same as changing dilutions or chemicals for film developing and printing.

Has anyone who has made the switch found it's not as painless as it may have sounded?

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Mar 7, 2006, 3:13 PM

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Re: [bodyartist] Made the move to digital [In reply to] Can't Post

What camera are you using? Point and shoot digitals have various delays. Tried to use one at an action setting, got mostly pitures of people and things going out of frame. A digital SLR is much better for this. Works much like a film SLR but is digital instead. I got a Canon D-Rebel (the first one, not the XT) and I love it. Also having a camera that will make Raw files has some advantages over JPEG. 12 bits of color depth instead of 8. And from what I read, Raw uses linear scales where JPG uses a non-linear scale that tends to max-out early in the highlights. So you can recover highlight detail in Raw that is lost in JPEG. I am no expert, but I have read this several places. So with a camera that does Raw, one needs a good Raw converter. I am still learning and tweeking my workflow as I go. Also with any camera I look for ones with hot-shoe connections so that off camera flash can be used.



Mar 9, 2006, 10:29 AM

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Re: [henrytj] Made the move to digital [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi, Henry.

I'm having trouble with digitals too, in their response to low light, and how they "decide" to take the picture, and I'm using the Nikon 8800, which is supposed to be a fairly good all around camera.

Of course, I'm hoping to get enough funds to get a D200, so I can keep my inventory of existing lenses working, but even that seems to have issues for the way I like to shoot.

I like to get my picture when I push the button, even if exposure, lighting, or focus is not perfect. I'd rather have *SOME* picture, than none at all, and I'm getting a *lot* of none's and even pictures firing off 1-2 seconds after I push the shutter.

I hated the autofocus film cameras for the "hesitations" but this seems almost an unbelievably long delay.

And, the problems with autofocus, and some manual focus digitals in low light is also "disturbing" to me. I had a great investment in high-end film equipment so I could see (focus) in low light, even if my exposures were 1+ seconds.


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Aug 4, 2011, 5:39 AM

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Re: [pugdog] Made the move to digital [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree with you pugdog before I use digital but it seems they have low lights maybe it depends on the quality of the camera? But now I use D200 and its so easy to use and has the best capture. :D

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