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Advantages and Disadvantages of Film and Digital

Pros and Cons


There are advantages and disadvantages to both film photography and digital photography. In the war of film photography vs digital photography, it seems to be a love it or hate it proposition. Either you love digital photography and hate film photography, or you hate digital photography and love film photography. However, film photography and digital photography both have strong points that should be considered before ruling out either of them.
  • Lower initial cost
  • Better at capturing detail in whites and blacks (dynamic range)
  • More forgiving of minor focusing issues
  • More forgiving of exposure problems
  • Film is still higher resolution
  • Cameras are generally heavier
  • Film can take up a lot of space
  • Film is a continuing cost
  • Film must be developed before viewing
  • Unless you have a darkroom, you are dependent on the lab to edit your images
  • Higher initial cost
  • Can easily lose detail in whites and blacks
  • 10 Megapixels is high enough resolution for very large prints
  • Cameras are generally lighter
  • Memory cards are small
  • One memory card can store more images than a dozen rolls of film
  • Images can be viewed immediately
  • You can edit your images
  • Only print the images you like
  • Many cameras have built-in filters
In the end, digital and film both take quality images. The real difference in them is what best fits your photographic style and budget.
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