The Digital Camera for Lovers of Film Photography

There is no lack of film photograpers, despite digital photography's dominance, though it is becoming increasingly more expensive to do. One film-centric photographer has become a disciple of a digital camera that does its best to straddle both worlds.

Vuhlandes is a highly talented film photographer, but like many of us who enjoy shooting on film, the persistent increases in the price of film mean it is difficult to justify, at least as frequently as it once was. Digital photography has been a crucial evolution of photography in every conceivable way, nevertheless, it did come at a few small costs. One element of shooting with film that I simply cannot seem to replicate on digital bodies is the feel of the process. It's hard to narrow down exactly what that feel is comprised of, but I never quite capture it with my digital cameras.

Some brands, particularly Fujifilm and Leica, have pursued this film magic and by using rangefinders (or OVFs in this case), built-in presets, and vintage styling, they have bridged the gap. In this video, Vuhlandes tries out the Fujifilm X-Pro3, a "digital camera with a film ethos". Built-in film simulation combined with the hidden LCD screen and an OVF gives the closest approximation of shooting film, without the downsides. It isn't a perfect replica of the experience, but it's a damned good middle ground.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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