Poll: 35mm film or digital?
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View poll results: 35mm film or digital?
35mm film
16 32%
digital
15 30%
wut.
19 38%
Voters: 50.
#1
Which do you prefer? The movie theater near where I live just went digital, and a bunch of people are complaining.
#2
I like the warmness of films shot in 35mm, kind of like the snaps and hisses from vinyl.

But it doesn't work for every film, especially recent ones, so I'm indifferent.
#3
wut

didn't even know there were different types
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#4
I prefer digital, one of the things that really annoys me about a lot of movie theaters is I can't completely enjoy the movie because it looks like crap. Why would I pay the price of at least the bluray DVD for something so horrible looking?

All opinion of course.
Last edited by SlayingDragons at Dec 9, 2011,
#5
If I had to pick I'd say 35mm because I'm old school. I shoot both in 35mm and with my dSLR. Why make yourself choose?
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#6
Multi choice ftw

DSLR with both is the best.


Also i take it the 'wut' option is the 'both' option >_>
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#7
Dunno... when I'm in theaters, I mostly can't notice the difference.

However, when I use 35mm in my camera it feels so much better for b&w pics than digital (convert them properly, you can play with the histogram, no romance)

but I like my dslr ALOT too... If I had to choose to shoot pics for the rest of my life analog or digital I wouldn't be able to choose, both have their benefits
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#8
Being a projectionist at a theater that has gone fully digital I have given a lot of thought to this and I've decided that, for me, it depends on the film I am watching. If I want to watch Avatar or any other money-shot happy Action/Sci-Fi/Fantasy type of film digital is THE way to go. The CGI effect look crisper and the detail on the large screen is magnified immensely. However if I am watching a classic film, or anything really expressionistic I would prefer to watch it on 35mm (not too long ago I went to another theater to watch Midnight in Paris and was happy it was on 35mm). Unfortunately Digitized theaters have changed the game in more than picture quality and will son probably become more commercially viable for just about everyone in the business (filming, print making, running the theater on lower staff etc. etc. etc.) much like the music business and 35mm is probably going to become something quite like vinyl: niche.
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#9
Personally I use a Mamiya 645, and a pentax k1000. Film IS FAR superior to the average digital camera, especially medium format films. They just blow most £3000+ cameras out of the water.
#10
I don't know the difference.
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#11
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Personally I use a Mamiya 645, and a pentax k1000. Film IS FAR superior to the average digital camera, especially medium format films. They just blow most £3000+ cameras out of the water.

not if you're using colour film, but that's just my opinion
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#12
no real cares for film. Shooting, I usually do dslr set to RAW and just edit. I do love my 35mm slr tho
#13
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not if you're using colour film, but that's just my opinion


This is true, i didnt mention my b/w preference :p
#14
there's a cool theater here in New Jersey that does 35 mm films. I haven't gotten the chance to go yet, but hopefully i'm gonna see Dirty Work in February.

mostly they've screened old horror movies and stuff. Halloween, Basket Case, Maniac. those are the only ones i can think of at the moment.

any way, it's in Metuchen, NJ if anyone in the areas interested. oh yeah, and it's called The Forum Theatre.
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#15
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If I had to pick I'd say 35mm because I'm old school. I shoot both in 35mm and with my dSLR. Why make yourself choose?


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I've never noticed the difference in the cinemas though
#17
35mm.

I like the clicking of the projector in the back, the spots on the film, and the projectionist adjusting it before the movie comes on. It's a completely different experience.

Digital is just like watching a movie on a TV. I can do that at home.
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#18
IMAX 3D Dig or gtfo
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#21
I really prefer 35mm, but that's provided the transfer is good. Otherwise it loses a lot of the elements that make it look so great.

If you want your film to have a lo-fi look, shoot on 16mm, or if you can still find NOS Super 8 film with sound (since they stopped making it quite a while ago), Super 8. Unless you want to overdub sound if it's a music video or something, or if you want to make a silent film.

I do like the really modern look HD video has, but it needs to be done by people who know how to shoot digital or else it'll look like shit. It also needs a lot of post-production processing to make it look really nice. A great example of really badly done HD video is the first series of Torchwood. Ugh.

Also, black and white is much, much better on film. I like a really high-contrast look, like in π or Eraserhead or Tetsuo: The Iron Man. I believe all three of those were shot in 16mm, which naturally means the picture is even grainier and all nice and gritty and industrial.
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#22
In terms of photography, I prefer digital, but a lot of my heroes use film. However, I'm somewhat obsessive about good composition, so I have to be certain it's right.

In terms of movies, film and digital are both good, but a lot of films still use 35mm despite how available digital is.
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#23
^ So compose your shot before you shoot rather than trying to incrementally get it right by staring at your camera back, you lazy bastard

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Multi choice ftw

DSLR with both is the best.

Unless you're shooting a medium or large format body with interchangeable backs, that's not possible.

As far as personal choice, film has better dynamic range than digital. I prefer the source to be actual film. Reproduction, though, I don't really care about. Going to the movies is overrated anyway.
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#26
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^ So compose your shot before you shoot rather than trying to incrementally get it right by staring at your camera back, you lazy bastard

I do compose them, and with a tripod, but it's more to do with OCD than anything else. I compose well, and often with a tripod, but verticals have to be exactly in line with the edge of the frame or I reshoot. It has improved my compositional skills, though
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#27
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IMAX 3D Dig or gtfo

3D is a retarded gimmick. it adds absolutely nothing to a movie. in fact, i can't think of a good one that's been available in 3D.
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#28
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I do compose them, and with a tripod, but it's more to do with OCD than anything else. I compose well, and often with a tripod, but verticals have to be exactly in line with the edge of the frame or I reshoot. It has improved my compositional skills, though

Do you shoot with a 100% viewfinder? I hate when I can't do exactly what you're talking about because all my cameras are around 95% coverage.
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#29
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Do you shoot with a 100% viewfinder? I hate when I can't do exactly what you're talking about because all my cameras are around 95% coverage.

95%, but I can live with it. You got a Flickr?
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#30
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35mm.

I like the clicking of the projector in the back, the spots on the film, and the projectionist adjusting it before the movie comes on. It's a completely different experience.


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#31
Whichever one looks better. I like IMAX. Why would I pay to go see a movie when I could have it look better on my TV at home.
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