Anybody here into analogue photography?


Before learning "analogue photography", should I learn how to use a digital camera?

  1. Yes

    0 vote(s)
  2. Not necessarily

    2 vote(s)
  1. Double-A
    I've never owned a real camera a day in my life, so forgive me if any of the terms used in this post are not correct.

    I've recently been thinking that trying photography might be fun. Rather than learning how to use a digital camera though, I think I'd like to learn how to use an analogue camera, because I'd like to keep my photos in slides and eventually buy a scanner that would digitize them. Then I could have small physical copies of my photos that I could store a lot of without taking up much space AND digital copies.

    I think that is what I want. I don't know with certainty, because I am unfamiliar with the different types of cameras. And yes, I know that taking photos "the old way" is more work, but I'd still like to give it a try. I will include a poll asking if I should learn to use a digital camera first however.

    Are there any camera manufacturers that still build and sell new analogue cameras or can you only find analogue cameras that are vintage and used? I'm hoping that there is an entry level model out there that will be relatively inexpensive, but still take good photos. Not "the best" photos, but still good. Thank you so much.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2017
  2. Jon L
    I still have film cameras around, some top-of-the-line pro gear. IMO, it takes enormous commitment to become skillful enough with film photography to A) take that perfect photo under right lighting conditions, B) buy and learn to use a good scanner to result in superior digital files, and C) have the money/equipment/printer to print out a good copy.
    Remember that films have very poor performance under dimmer lighting and that an SD card is much cheaper than actual rolls of good film, which is spent and cannot be undone once photo is taken.

    Taken together with the fact a good digital camera, at reasonable prices, these days are capable of producing top-notch results, I rarely even pick up my film cameras.
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  3. Smithington
    As the above poster said, film is not a cheap route into this hobby, in terms of operational costs, plus has some technical inferiorities. Film in the UK costs around £10 to buy, develop and print for 36 shots (negative film, let alone slides). When you take the shot, you won't know the result until that film is developed.

    Film is a lot of fun, but it's probably not the best way to learn any more.

    I loved film, having developed and printed my own work, but am glad to have moved to digital.

    There should be plenty of 2nd hand film cameras out there for peanuts. Canon Eos film cameras are compatible with current EF lenses, so if you're intent on having a stab at it, consider an ecosystem that is transferable like that.

    Also, I have to show appreciation for Jon L's motto :beerchug:
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2017
  4. cj3209
    Do yourself a favor and get a decent digital SLR. Fillm has gone the way of the 8-Track Player and VHS tapes. My first 'analog' camera was my trusty Nikon FE-2 which served me well during college and beyond, later served as backup to my F3, F4s, and F5. Then going to digital with the D2hs, D2x, and still using the D700. Full format digital has pretty much replaced film. You can now take multiple shots and immediately see the effect; so you learn faster.

    Plus, post-processing is like another art-form which you can explore as well.

    Have fun!


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