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35 Reasons to love 35mm Film

Film truly is a Photographer’s best friend - And to prove it, here are 35 reasons to love 35mm film (or any kind of film for that matter!).

(1) It lasts – Love it or hate it, looking through your Gran’s photos from way back when is irrefutable proof of film’s durability.
(2) It’s spontaneous – Golden Rule Number 6. ‘Don’t Think (William Firebrace’)
(3) It’s reliable
(4) It’s classy. Nothing beats black and white film photography for the look of effortless cool.
(5) It’s traditional – Analogue is where it started and Analogue is where it’s at!
(6) It’s easy – Remember, ‘Point and shoot’ started with analogue!
(7) It’s tangible – The feel of that print in your hands. Hold it, touch it, you made that photo.
(8) It’s genuine
(9) Analogue photography is all about getting emotional and emulsional.

(10) 35mm Film gives vibrant colours
(11) 35mm Film gives better colours
(12) Film photography is artistic.
(13) Film photography is sexy
(14) Film photography is safe – Your less likely to get mobbed walking down the street holding your Fisheye than your hyper-whiz digicam. Fact.
(15) The accuracy – Digital interpolates (guesses). Film knows.
(16) The sharp focus
(17) The natural colours (if you want them!)
(18) Once you’ve taken a photo you move on. Next frame please!
(19) When it works, it’s a miracle. When it doesn’t work, it somehow still works. Those blurry photos still get stuck on the fridge because they have CHARACTER!
(20) No L.C.D. screen. So no Life Consuming Distractions.
(21) When you take an analogue photo, you are in the moment.
(22) All the benefits of digital (if you want them!)

(23) Happy accidents are priceless.
(24) Slower is better – Analogue Photography might take some time but it takes time to create things which will last and be valued.
(25) THE HOLY GRAIN – Film photography shows grain. Digital photography will never be able to show grain because it has no film to show grain on.
(26) Digital is forgettable – Photo goes on your computer, gets lost in ‘My Pictures’ never to be see again.
(27) The dynamic range. Film is better at capturing those little details.
(28) Film doesn’t get viruses!
(29) Control – Choose your film, choose your aperture, choose your shutter speed etc
(30) That feeling of anticipation you get when you go to collect your roll.
(31) The physical link – Your photo isn’t made up of 0’s and 1’s, it’s made from light hitting film – so it’s, like, made from the WORLD man (sorry, it’s the hippy in me).
(32) The learning process – Some people say film photography is harder. It’s not. It just teaches you more.
(33) Sprockets! – You won’t see these bad boys in digital, they are all about the analogue.
(34) Film is better for those loooooooooooooong exposures.
(35) The reward

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written by tomas_bates

20 comments

  1. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    Nice article, but there's no need to go hating on digital...I flow between both every day depending on my personal mood and what I'm looking for, because each has their own strengths and weaknesses.

    Concentrate on what makes using film unique and and fun, but cheap shots against digital are just that...cheap. As a Lomographer you don't have to stoop so low.

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  2. nural

    nural

    Geniunly great reasons!!!

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  3. tomas_bates

    tomas_bates

    @disasterarea - You're totally right, digital has its strengths too - Like most people I have a digital camera and love using it on occassion :-)

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  4. disasterarea

    disasterarea

    My 14 reasons....

    1. You can buy vintage film equipment for a fraction of their modern equivalents
    2. People respond better, and are more willing to have their picture taken with a classic vintage or toy camera, than having a huge-modern SLR.
    3. There is a reason why film directors give actors vintage SLR's...it give their characters depth and substance (like you).
    4. If you're spending time in photoshop trying to make your digital prints look retro and analogue, cut out the middle-man and shoot the real thing instead?
    5. Shooting film is personal
    6. If you're less worried with how the image is going to come out, you'll be more willing to experiment.
    7. Cross processing makes cloudy days interesting.
    8. Film is stealthy
    9. Zone focusing means never having to look through the viewfinder to get a great shot
    10. Toy cameras are cute
    11. Instead of shooting the same object 50 times then choosing the best one, film encourages you to make that one shot perfect.
    12. Shooting film will get you respect from your grandparents
    13. Multiple exposure is something you can do in-camera
    14. Shooting Film is a choice

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  5. kiwikoh

    kiwikoh

    Can I "like" this article for 100 times?

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  6. ricah_018

    ricah_018

    @disasterarea totally agree with your 14 reasons especially 10 (i think it's what first got me in) , 11 and 14. shooting film is indeed a choice, not something you do because everybody else does it.

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  7. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    yeah yeah yeaaaahhh!! :D

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  8. pangmark

    pangmark

    Love it, and disasterarea's 14 too. I like number 14 but instead I say " Shooting film is choice" In NZ saying something is choice (with exagerated accent) is to say OMG that's so cool!

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  9. selphiebooyaka

    selphiebooyaka

    @disasterarea I agree. love your list
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  10. anarollemberg

    anarollemberg

    Reason #31 - oops, there's a "hippy" in me too!

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  11. superlighter

    superlighter

    I love 35mm film becouse is different

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  12. vicuna

    vicuna

    I don't hate digital at all, but it's simply not the thing that attracts me.... and all in analogue attracts me, be it 35mm or 120mm! :)

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  13. minty_

    minty_

    this is so true! <3

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  14. orangeuke

    orangeuke

    love it! especially the hippy part... sounds like me :D i use 120 tho huge negatives are fun haha

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  15. deepfried_goodness

    deepfried_goodness

    Great article. I agree with a few on here but put forth initially by disasterarea, both media have advantages and disadvantages. When I'm shooting a product shot for work, I do not want dreamy and wild colours. I want exactly what I see . . . and I need to have it ready yesterday. Having said that, I have only 2 digital cameras, but my collection of Lomographic, vintage and toy film cameras is at 7 and growing. Now, if only I had a photolab in my basement.

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  16. gegana06

    gegana06

    Always bring the 35mm film in your pocket...and your camera...

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  17. peeciella

    peeciella

    I like 20th the most :D

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  18. justaspencer

    justaspencer

    My favorites: 19 and 30

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  19. mscagli1

    mscagli1

    Great article! My favorite: 24. The wait is worth it.

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  20. Nikos Ninolakis

    What I really like about film is that every time I look at a negative or a slide frame I exposed, I know that this thin piece of film was physically present with me and inside the camera the instant the picture was clicked. I may not have the shoes or clothes I wore (or didn't) at the time any more, but that slice of film was there then and there with me and it is in my hands now and for as long as I will be around.
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