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FILM vs. DIGITAL – Can You Tell the Diffidence?

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes | about 9 months ago


Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Film is fading away and almost all of us use digital cameras almost exclusively. But can we really tell the diffidence between film and digital? Photographer Joey Shanks set out to test this question by recording thousands of images with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (set to ISO 400) and a film camera – Canon 7E with a 400 ASA Fujifilm.

He shot a long series of images which he combined into several short clips he set side by side for you to look at and decide if you can actually tell which is which."

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Canon best than all (0)

القطب الصاوي (3401993) | about 9 months ago | (#45797045)

Canon best than all []

diffidence??? (1)

Todd Palin (1402501) | about 9 months ago | (#45801105)

diffidence??? WTF?

Not really a fair comparison (1)

zeigerpuppy (607730) | about 9 months ago | (#45802669)

While the images themselves are fantastic, well worth a watch, comparing 35mm film with modern digital sensors is not really a fair comparison. Also, remember that these are not film images they are scanned images converted to digital, I have found this scanning process to be far from perfect, often changing the colour profile significantly and giving a more blurred image (I guess pixels don't align to grains!). A fine grained, medium format film still outclasses digital images in my opinion. Of course, it also takes more skill to properly use the broader dynamic range of the film. The other advantage is being able to shoot on a variety of films, including my favourite, infrared film (although this can also be done with modified digital cameras). A fairer comparison would be using the same camera and lens system, for instance a Hasselblad with digital and film backs and to get more scientific using some reference images to discern sharpness and colour gamut. The main issue however, is workflow. Good cameras can produce fantastic images digital or film. The analog film processing is tedious but also allows much creative expression with double exposures, dodging and burning that digital processing doesn't quite replicate. Of course digital processing is much more convenient and less expensive.
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