Yet Another Camera Company Ponders Dropping Film

from the dying-a-slow-death dept

These stories are becoming so common that they're almost unremarkable these days, but Canon is the latest camera manufacturer to say it's considering quitting the film camera business. Such a decision, following a similar move by Nikon earlier this year, would certainly indicate the long-predicted death of the film camera business -- even though the film-using community lives on. Perhaps now stories about the death of film will slow down, and we'll be treated to analyst predictions about how long it will be before cameraphones kill the standalone digital camera business.
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    Anonymous Coward, 25 May 2006 @ 12:21pm

    I think that most "average" digital cameras compare to "average" film cameras. But I agree that when it comes to black and white, digital cannot compare to the "true" black and "true" whites that you can get using film. And yes, although software to manipulate photos and images have gotten light years better, it's still doesn't hold a candle to what can be done using filters, lenses, etc., and in a dark room when manipulating film.

    Now, having said all that, the common layman in your average household is going to prefer digital cameras simply for the fact that it's good enough to take regular, everyday pictures without the cost of buying the film and printing it. Paper is much cheaper to buy for your printer. If you go to a printing shop, and ask for glossy card stock, or matte card stock, it's the same as buying name brand "photo paper" and is so much more cheaper. You can buy reams and it's still cheaper than the 50 sheets of photo paper you buy from office depot and the like. I love buying paper from printing compaines. It's one thing that consumer companies neglect to tell buyers. That the same pre-packaged paper they sell for an arm and a leg, is the same as the ones you can buy from the printer. They just cost more because they put special names to the papers, and package them all nice and neat. And don't say that printer ink costs you more either. How many households actually print out their photos that they take with their digital cameras? Most people send their photos through e-mail, or burn them on CDs and send them to family and friends in a digital format.

    For the professionals out there and the artists, well, it depends on whether you are making a living out of it, or whether it's a hobby. Hobbyists can spend thousands of dollars on really good high end dSLRs, with all the bells and whistles, filters, lenses, accessories and come out with some darn great pictures that are good enough to use. Even some businesses use them for cost vs profit purposes, i.e. Sears, or mall seasonal photos, etc. Those places use good dSLRs, because it's cheaper for them business wise.

    For the absolute purist and artist, I would think that they would own BOTH a dSLR and a completely manual SLR, both top notch, and completely manual. This way, you get the best of both worlds and can manipulate your photos in all the ways you want. Have your own darkroom and also buy the best imaging software you can get your hands on, learn how to actually USE all the features of said software to enable yourself the full potential of using digital media. There are artists out there who use both medias and merge them and I truly am awed by those talented people.

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