I dropped some film off at my local shopping centre last Saturday. The few people working in the shop were rushed off their feet and I was waiting at the counter for what seemed an age. People buying digital cameras; checking out DSLRs and compacts. Not a film camera in sight.
In fact a diminishing range of film stock had been shifted to another less prominent set of shelves, making way for compact flash, various SD, and other memory cards. The digital revolution is well underway with many more DSLR choices sub 1000AUD. And from what I saw the punters are buying as quickly as the shelves can be stocked!
I'm offering these observations because even though digital results are immediate, and can be shared easily via computer and network I've been impressed with the results from even cheap film. I've been shooting consumer grade Fuji colour and its printed up with wonderful lush colours. So, digital still needs to make progress if it's going to beat the pro grade film, let alone some of the consumer grade stuff.
But now for the interesting part. The workflow routine of transfering my film creation to the digital realm via scanning of my negs and capturing all that wonderful detail and colour. My first attempts were less than impressive with a dedicated and disused Nikon 35mm film and slide scanner. The scan attempt sure captured some dust, luckily there were no stray fibres or hairs! Ok, they passed through photoshop, but without my added manipulation. The ones I processed were negatives only, and didn't come with companion prints (which only cost me a few dollars for processing!!).
My most recent cannisters cover images taken from a second roll out Dalby way with the OM2, and my recent acquisition (a Bessa R3a with 40mm f1.4 Nokton). The detail from the Nokton is superb, the film just sucked in the detail. And I say more! Once I get the hang of a decent scanning process I'll lash out on some Velvia.