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Digital is cheap and convenient, and accommodates amazing post-processing possibilities.  Yet it is these very qualities, especially the third, that I find so troubling.  I don’t want to spend time worrying about post-processing.  With the Fuji X100T’s awesome in-camera digital processing, it’s a real boon.  Still, I like to shoot some projects with an SLR and to make use of my lens kit (35mm, 50mm, and 85mm).  I’ve tried to get by with a DSLR, but the colours never look right, and they lack the depth and richness of film.  It looks like video.  Even using VSCO film simulators, I am never happy with the final result.  I am not saying film is better than digital, I am saying I am just not happy with it.  So, for now, I am gong back to film – at least part-time.

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Craig Scarr.  Kodak Portra 400.

Of course, with film comes a hefty price tag.  Each roll costs me about $50.00 CAD including lab fees.  Yes it slows me down, makes me more thoughtful, but it also makes me hesitate – sometimes painfully so.

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Nathalou. Kodak TMax 400 pushed to 1600.

I just got back a couple of rolls of film, which I recently shot with my F100.  I bought my new (to me) F100 on eBay for less than what consignment shops offer here.  It arrived in immaculate condition.  Most used F100s I find for sale domestically appear to have been terribly abused.  It was from a Japanese seller, and whether this is true or not, Phil Kneen advised me to always buy from Japanese sellers on eBay (as opposed to the US).  In his experience, he has found used camera dealers in Japan to be better priced and offer better customer service.  It certainly proved to be accurate regarding this camera.

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Kodak Portra 400

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Kodak Portra 400

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Kodak Portra 400


All images developed and scanned by Bell Arte Camera in Hamilton, ON.  Models are Craig Scarr and Nathalou.

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I am a film photographer based in Prince Edward County. I make images of people, places, and things - you know, nouns.

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