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Editor Dec 20, 2004 48 comments
While some camera manufacturers have made it no secret that they are discontinuing their film SLR camera line, others have recently brought out new, highly sophisticated film SLR cameras. Would you ever consider buying a new film SLR camera in the future, or do you think your next SLR purchase will be a digital model?
Briefly comment on whether you think manufacturers should continue to develop new and more sophisticated film SLRs or whether you think they are wasting their time and energy and should just bring out digital models.
Yes, I would consider buying the latest film SLR models.
53% (76 votes)
No, my next purchase, now and in the future, would be a digital SLR.
27% (39 votes)
I'm waiting to see what happens with digital SLRs, and am happy with my film SLR for now.
20% (29 votes)
Total votes: 144
Editor Dec 02, 2004 64 comments
Image stabilization lenses and camera systems offer the ability to shoot at slower shutter speeds than usual with a handheld camera. Is some form of image stabilization important to you as a feature when considering lens or camera purchase?
Please comment briefly on experiences you might have had with image stabilization systems, good or bad.
Yes, even a greater cost it's worth the ability to work with slower speeds.
84% (107 votes)
No, the extra cost is not worth it and I don't have the need for this handheld aid.
11% (14 votes)
Not sure, as the benefits of image stabilization are not that clear to me.
5% (6 votes)
Total votes: 127
Editor Nov 09, 2004 32 comments
More manufacturers and "third party" lens makers are introducing "digital-dedicated" lenses for their digital SLRs, which are smaller and lighter, but cannot be used on their film SLR counterparts because of the smaller image circle they throw. When considering a lens for your digital SLR, is it important that it work just as well on your film SLR?
Briefly comment on your opinion of the trend toward digital-dedicated lenses.
Yes, as I still shoot with both film and digital SLRs.
68% (63 votes)
No, the weight and size benefits outweigh any double duty capability, and I have switched entirely to digital.
23% (21 votes)
No, as I have separate outfits for both my film and digital SLRs.
10% (9 votes)
Total votes: 93
Editor Oct 26, 2004 32 comments
New digital SLRs have higher megapixel counts than ever before and it looks like they'll keep on offering larger and larger image file sizes. What megapixel count do you think is sufficient for the type of work you do and the size prints you make?
Please comment briefly on how much resolution (in terms of megapixels) you think you'd need to get quality that matches your best present film camera.
6 megapixels
31% (30 votes)
8 megapixels
31% (30 votes)
10+ megapixels
39% (38 votes)
Total votes: 98
Editor Oct 06, 2004 28 comments
This year and early next year we expect to see more and more digital SLR models. At what price point (body only) would you consider switching from your film SLR or moving up from your point and shoot digital camera?
Please comment on your opinion of digital SLR models available now.
Under $750
42% (30 votes)
Under $500
28% (20 votes)
No thanks, I'll stick with my film SLR.
30% (21 votes)
Total votes: 71
Editor Sep 09, 2004 20 comments
Digital printing photo kiosks are popping up all around the country. Have you tried them out, or do you make prints yourself from your digital files?
If you have tried a digital printing photo kiosk briefly share your expereinces.
I haven't tried one yet, but might do so soon.
12% (5 votes)
I tried it and will go back for more printing sessions.
38% (16 votes)
I tried it and didn't like the experience.
17% (7 votes)
I print myself and don't rely on outside services or labs.
24% (10 votes)
I use an online printing service and don't make my own prints.
10% (4 votes)
Total votes: 42
Editor Jul 27, 2004 35 comments
There are a host of inkjet paper surfaces and brands available. To get the best results it's often recommended to work with the paper with the printer manufacturer's brand. Is this your practice?
Please comment briefly on your experience with using other than printer manufacturer's papers.
Yes, it's the easiest and simplest way.
19% (13 votes)
Yes, but I experiment with other "3rd party" papers.
43% (29 votes)
No, I like other papers and am comfortable with downloading profiles for them.
38% (26 votes)
Total votes: 68
Editor Jun 28, 2004 12 comments
When considering lighting for portraits, your first and instinctive choice would be:
What flash system or setup do you use, and why?
Ambient light (daylight or using no artificial light)
59% (19 votes)
Built-in flash (perhaps as fill with ambient)
0% (0 votes)
Auxiliary flash (hot shoe or bracket mounted flash)
28% (9 votes)
Studio strobes (power packs or monolights)
13% (4 votes)
Other
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 32
Editor Jun 09, 2004 30 comments
Some schools are beginning to close their chemical darkrooms in favor of digital processes and printing. Some objections have been raised based on the opinion that learning film photography is a prerequisite to any type of photographic learning. Do you think:
Please briefly comment on this trend in photo departments in schools, and why you voted the way you did.
You should learn about film photography first
66% (42 votes)
Teach only digital -- it's the future
6% (4 votes)
It doesn't matter -- photography is photography, film or digital
28% (18 votes)
Total votes: 64
Editor May 27, 2004 17 comments
Do you shoot with both film and digital cameras? If so:
Please comment on the percentage of film and digital you use in total in your photography, and briefly describe why you might choose one or the other for certain types of subjects or scenes.
Do you still shoot with film but find you are using your digital camera more and more?
17% (9 votes)
Do you shoot primarily digital but shoot film now and again?
30% (16 votes)
Do you shoot primarily film but you're just beginning to explore digital?
26% (14 votes)
Do not use film anymore
28% (15 votes)
Total votes: 54