Tinder for Film Stocks

Tinder for Film Stocks

Film has had a great resurgence in the industry. Whether it's because of the hipster hype or due to people wanting the special color and feeling that film brings is unknown to me. On January 5, 2017 Kodak made it known that they were bringing back a classic, the EKTACHROME Film stock.

For filming, they've given us an idea what their 8mm video camera will look like. The release of which is sure to excite most #filmisnotdead t-shirt wearing fans.  

A French photographer, Vincent Moschetti made the decision to sell-off his digital gear and go full-film. He shares this experiences on One Year With Film Only. On the site there is a feature to go Film Dating, a quiz to give you the film you're most likely to love based on the preferences you convey in the images it displays. 

On the site Vincent also shares his tips on how to become a better photographer, how to improve your composition, and he reviews film stock as he uses them

It's an interesting take on film photography. I shoot both on film and sensor. Both have something unique that the other doesn't and each has it's function and purpose. If it's for work, I mainly use the digital kit. Film is not something budgeted for unless you are in a position to ask for it. If it's for my travel around Paris I shoot film. It's fun and it's the images I go back to often.

[via No Film School]

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It's mostly because of the hipster hype and based on fallacies of shooting film vs digital. I would say most film veterans have no interest in shooting film again, especially the smaller formats. The same goes for records. I'm wondering when the hipsters are also going to start collecting VHS tapes.

I am one of those who returned to film three years ago after a decade or so of digital-only photography. Although I've not abandoned digital, I've found embracing film to have given new impetus and enjoyment to my photography. Part of this is that I like chemistry - always have, I'm a biochemist by profession - and get a lot of pleasure from developing and wet print making. I can appreciate that those who have no affinity for these procedures would have no great love for film. But it's beyond that; I like the different emphasis on process that film shooting requires and I love the look of film, whatever format it may be. When I started again, I honestly thought it would just be a fad that would peter out after a few months (after all, digital is so clean and convenient) but no. I feel lucky both technologies are available.

I shoot both. I've been shooting film since 1980 and I still shoot with that Canon A-1. July 2013, I added a used Canon New F-1 with their AE Finder FN for aperture priority and AE Motor Drive FN for shutter priority. December 2013 was when I bought a Canon 5D III; so I'm been shooting digital for probably less time that the readers of Fstoppers.
I welcome Kodak's reintroduction of Ektachrome. I regret that Kodak discontinued BW400CN, a C-41 B&W film; that was my favorite film for the convenience of local C-41 processing; but those pharmacy labs have switched to dry, destructive developing. Kodam TMAX 3200 is a niche film, but I enjoy shooting that over Ilford's Delta 3200; I have a few rolls of TMAX 3200 in my freezer.