David Gifford Photography

35mm Film v Digital

Photo: 35mm Film v Digital

I've been working hard at uni for the last few months. I'm now on study leave for a month before my final exams... time I've put to good use playing with film!

I'd read claims elsewhere on the web that film is still top trumps for landscape photography (albeit with large format film). I decided to see how film would hold up for my type of photography using 35mm equipment. I loaded my old Canon 500N film camera with a spool of the legendary Fuji Vevlia 50, and the photo above is one of the results of my experiments (taken on the Isle of Skye during my New Year holiday).

My findings? Something of a love-hate relationship:

Bottom line: For my purposes and with the equipment available to me, I get better quality images from my Canon 40D Digital SLR than I do from 35mm film. I doubt that will surprise many.

My experiment with film was fun though. And, if I was to compare the images from my Digital SLR against those from a medium or large format camera loaded with Velvia 50, I think many digital aficionados would be taken aback. For those times when I don't want to carry an expensive digital camera around with me, I won't hesitate to load up my 500N with film.


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