A Film Photographer’s Dilemma

December 22, 2023

As a photographer, I’ve been fortunate to own and use a variety of cameras, both film and digital. While each has its own advantages, I’ve found that my dilemma lies in the little things that make a big difference in my photographic experience. Sure, digital cameras offer many benefits: they’re smaller and lighter, they allow for more low light settings, and I’m able to capture more photos without worrying about the ever increasing cost of Kodak film. But film cameras offer a unique experience that I can’t quite replicate with digital.

There’s something about the size and weight of a film camera that feels just right in my hands. The sound of the shutter clicking and the feeling of rewinding the film after a roll is complete is a satisfying ritual. I’ve tried to find a camera that can give me something close to that film experience with digital cameras, but it’s just not the same. I’ve gone through all the brands especially several Fujifilm cameras, and so far the Leica m10 is the closest thing I found to replicating that film experience. My main drawback is that my photos don’t look like film. I think part of the problem is that I’m trying too hard to make my digital photos look like film. I spend hours editing my photos, trying to achieve that perfect vintage look. But in the end, it just feels like I’m trying to force something that isn’t there.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to completely resolve my dilemma. But for now, I’m just happy to keep shooting with the cameras I have. I’ll continue to use both film and digital cameras, and I’ll try to appreciate the unique qualities of each.

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