Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman wrote:
Beegle wrote:Photo and film cameras (8mm, 16mm), and vinyl records.
Speaking of film cameras, are films still available for sale?
A friend of mine still using film camera in 2007; he said it yields better colors than digital camera. But it was like, ten years ago. I wonder if art photographer are still using film cameras now.
Film is making a huge resurgence right now.
Kodak has pulled out of bankruptcy and is actually starting to reintroduce old films that they discontinued, starting with the Ektachrome slide film.
Fujifilm has been staying pretty steady with film manufacturing, especially their instant film which has become a big hit.
Several other companies have been starting or have started and are making good success in the industry - for instance, Lomography (been around for a while), FILM Ferrania, Ars-Imago, etc.
And as for film yielding better colors than digital - the answer is, it depends on the film and it depends on the skill of the photographer.
Color print film has an insane dynamic range. You could point it at the sun, expose for the shadows, and still see detail in the rest of the image. Try that with a digital camera and the whole picture gets blown out.
Color reversal film ("slide" film, positive instead of negative image) is where you get the "colors of pure awesomeness", in my opinion. The advantage here is that what you get back from the lab is the actual film you shot in your camera - nothing more, nothing less (cause you don't have to scan it in to reverse the colors). So you see exactly what you shot. There's nothing quite like viewing a color slide on a light table or magnifier - the colors just pop out at you, and they have exceptional clarity.
And then you have black and white which is tons of fun but doesn't shine against digital really as much. Lots of dynamic range here as well.
I should also point out that the actual "resolution" of film - not what you get from the scanner, but the actual microscopic "grain" of the film - is something on the order of at least
several dozen megapixels. It's probably higher though (some have said 175 MP for 35mm, ~500 MP for medium format). Anyway, no DSLR even comes close to that. So you're limited by how good of a scanner you have - or with color slides, you simply project them and enjoy 100% of the resolution in all its glory.