Film versus digital…both camps have their devotees. No doubt a movie on film has a different look than a digital movie. Generally I like the movies on film better. The video movies seem to be too sharp. If the movie is high tech sci fi, then it may look better in digital for my tatse. Just depends on the subject matter.
With 35mm still photos, film has a much, much lower resolution than 35mm digital. Many of the digital BW images I see online have a unnatural, oversharp look to them. Maybe that is why film devotees talk about the ‘film look’ versus the digital look. Pick up a photo book with some vintage film images in it. Most have a softness to them as well as the wonderful grain structure that is lost in digital.
Of course, if you work at it you can get film look images out of your digital files.
From tests I’ve seen where they used drum scanners, a FF 35mm 36mp image equals or bests a 6 x7 film image. That is a wonderful testimony to 35mm digital…isn’t it. If you talking 80 MP medium format digital, then it is comparing to 4×5 sheet film.
One reviewer claimed that 35mm slide film is equal to 12 or 24 MP. With my own tests using a flatbed scanner, 35mm color negative film equaled about 4 MP with a point and shoot camera…that is it. That is not 4 MP with a DSLR…I’m talking about a puny, P&S cam. 35mm negative film is pretty low res stuff.
Now, I didn’t test slide film or drum scanners, so I can’t comment on that end. Don’t believe everything you read. You can do your own tests. Just be honest with yourself and your tests. Sometimes we don’t like the results, but you know the deal…it is what it is.
Here are my film versus digital tests done in 2014. It also includes a number of digital versus digital tests.
Personally, I like film, but don’t have the time to shoot much of it any more. It is just not practical for me with the projects I shoot. But in it’s heyday, film was a lovely medium to work in.
4×5 Toyo View
6×6 Hasselblad SWC
35mm Pentax K-1000
“There are black and white snobs, as well as colour snobs. Because of their inability to use both well, they act on the defensive and create camps. We should never judge a photographer by what film he uses- only by how he uses it.” ~ Ernst Hass