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    When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    I like to think that I will always do at least some large format work, but when cost effective, true 75+MP becomes available, I might have to reluctantly give in and admit defeat. I figure this could happen within 10 years or so.

    What are your thoughts?

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    Re: When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    For me it's only partially about quality. There is the whole process of shooting, and equally important, developing that I miss with digital, not to mention actually holding something!

    Filling film holders, focusing and loading the camera, standing in a dark room for far too long with somewhat dangerous chemicals, coming out with a large negative that I can show off to people, and then making real prints is far too much to give up simply because technology has sort of caught up to the quality.

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    Re: When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    When I decrease my standards and expectations.

    I already shoot digital in 35mm and MF.

    LF is reserved for those images that require the absolute highest quality.

    And as Graham said, the whole process of film photography is gratifying.

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    Re: When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    Either: 1) when Hell freezes over, or 2) when I can no longer delude myself that I actually enjoy the dubious pleasure of the LF experience.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    Tomorrow.
    Or maybe not.

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    Re: When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    What Graham said.
    When I was 16 I thought my father the stupidest man in the world; when I reached 21, I was astounded by how much he had learned in just 5 years!

    -appropriated from Mark Twain

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    Re: When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    When pigs fly!!!!!! I already have to shoot some of my commercial projects on digital in self defense since the marketing people are immersed in instant gratification, but I will always prefer film, and especially large format, when possible and always for personal projects! It's just a huge amount more fun and more thoughtful a process!
    "One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude." Carl Sandburg

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    Re: When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    I have just upgraded from a 21 Megapixel full frame to a brand new used 8x10.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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    Re: When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    I love my 5D II. Long term I intend to shoot with medium format digital on a 2x3 view camera. But will I give up large format? Of course not. Why should I? Why do these things have to be in competition with one another? Seems rather myopic IMO to assume that one sort of tool necessarily has to replace another.

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    Re: When will you give up large format and switch completely to digital?

    There's already an 80mp back out there. So what.
    The viewfinder isn't 4x5 or 8x10 inches, it's tiny. I've got enough film to last another 25 years.
    Big cameras with no batteries are fun and easier to compose with. When i can't aquire e-6 chems, i'll have to get a digital camera or take up painting. That may not go well if they decide painting is easier via an iphone app.

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