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Are some film cameras becoming a status symbol

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Stephen Rundle, Jul 18, 2020.

  1. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    What do you need a light meter for? ;)
     
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  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    True for an in-camera meter.

    A light meter (stand alone) is a useful thing. Although I bought mine for use with an unmetered camera I do use it for incident light measurements when using a shift lens on a DSLR or when facing into the light when photographing birds.
     
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  3. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I found incident light metering was very helpful, before digital came along, where there was high contrast. I still have my L308...

    Sekonic L308S light meter DSC-R1 07058.JPG
     
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  4. Almach

    Almach Member

    Flashmeter is very useful in home studio too
     
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  5. Laurence Cochrane

    Laurence Cochrane Active Member

    I'm back is only 16MP Better off shooting Medium format.
     
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  6. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Not really. For all practical purposes six million pixels is just fine for me. I use higher resolution cameras to give me more options if I need to crop.
     
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  7. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    9C388162-DEE2-4817-A3B7-79838D4E3E4C.jpeg DE52580F-B634-4455-87D4-84322B23EF63.jpeg This and my old EOS600 are all that is left of my film days. TBH I don’t miss film at all, such a drag compared to digital.
     
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  8. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    This is very true. That is a rather 3,5f, by the way.
     
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  9. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    It certainly is - film is a real PITA.

    Having said that, film cameras can be so much more aesthetically pleasing (as your pictures demonstrate, rather well :)), and so too, can the results (IMO! ;)). [N.B. these comments are genuinely NOT intended to start another digital vs. film war!]
     
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  10. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    The f3.5 planar on Rollies was some times better than the f2.8 version. Which showed the variability of even top quality lenses. However planars on the Hasselblad and Linhoff cameras were always exceptional so I think they must have been individually selected.
     
  11. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    It’s the 2.8F Andrew. I’ve owned it for 25yrs. Paid £100
    Would you believe the service guy I took it to was…..ex-Rollei technician. He was overjoyed. Gave it a full and complete strip down and service. I used the camera for my HND. It’s not been used since 1997!
    The camera came complete with lots of Rollei accessories.

    I sold my Leica M6 panda plus 2 Leica lenses. It was either the Rollei or the Leica
    Hated the Leica. It looked beautiful yes, but was a pig to use. I bought it after completing my HND. I’d always promised myself I would buy one. Sold tons of stuff to raise funds. Bought it, took it home, loaded a film and headed out……camera was back in its box along with its lenses the same day. Battery removed and shoved in the safe!
    I kept it until 3yrs ago then finally decided it had to go. There was no memories as I hadn’t used it, unlike the Rollei.
     
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  12. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Shame on you! ;) :D

    Why not run a film or two through it? I'll bet it would be fun. :D
     
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  13. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    That was astonishingly cheap. My 2.8 was an E2, pretty much the same but without the meter. If I'd wanted a meter, it shared the fitting of my Tele-Rollei. I sold both of them for a substantial profit after several years use, so you should have a nice little earner there, if you decide to let it go.

    I just kept the memory of my 2.8...

    T-shirt with Rolleiflex GX7 P1140485.jpg
     
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  14. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    It would be a very expensive “ fun “ experience that.
    Oh’ lord I’ve forgotten how many pictures 6x6 on 120 gets you.

    The camera was a one owner from new.
    I was in the woods setting up a shot with my EOS600. Camera was tripod mounted and I was waiting for the sun to move a fraction further for that dappled light effect. When a dog bounds over knocking tripod over!! I wasn’t pleased!! It’s owner came over and started telling me all about photography….
    Yeah..yeah whatever I thought, totally pi$$ed off. I began packing away when he muttered something about a Rollei…
    My ears pricked, and it turns out he’d bought a Rollei new , it had been unused for at least 15yrs and he ought to sell. I asked what price he wanted to which he replied…I paid a hundred pounds for her, I’ll sell her for what I paid and I’ll throw in the extras!!

    I raced home, went straight to the cash point and flew over to the address he’d given me. The accessories were 2 Rolleinar close up lenses #1,#3 in their leather case, panarama kit, pistol grip, plate holder and a few other Rollei bits!!

    I reckon it was worth a punt!
     
  15. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    You get 12 frames. I priced film + developing (on 6x6 120) at about £1.00 per frame, a couple of years ago. Scanning is (almost) free.

    It sounds really expensive compared to digital, and of course, it is....... until you start to calculate how much you've spent on upgrading digital cameras, over a period of years. :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
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  16. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    That is so true mate, so true
     
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  17. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Yep - I've spent a quite stupid amount of money over the past fifteen years, on digital. I use digital, mostly - probably 80%-90% of my output - you simply can't beat it for convenience.

    However, I still use film cameras....... and I prefer both the cameras, and the output. :)
     
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  18. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    This must depend on how often you 'upgrade', or if you have abandoned that and are content with what you already have.
     
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  19. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    That's very true, Chester. However, for me, the calculation is not pleasing! :D
     
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  20. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    Well that makes two of us then! ;)
    My worry is, if anything should happen to me, she’ll sell them for what I said I paid for them!! EEK!!:eek:
     
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