Beginning Photography Tips & Techniques : 35 mm Film Camera Versus a Digital SLR


Hi! This is Scott Vallance and I am here on
behalf of Expert Village.com. Today we are going to talk briefly about the differences
between a 35mm film camera and a digital SLR. The obvious difference is the traditional
35mm camera uses film. It comes in containers like this and you can get various speeds.
The big thing is once this film is in there you are kind of blocked into that speed and
that type of film until you are through with the film. On a digital camera everything gets
stored on a compact flashcard or something similar. There are several different varieties
of cards out there. What this camera uses is a compact flashcard. You can store a lot
of images on these things and then download them to your computer and reuse the card.
You never have to buy film or pay for processing any of that again. That is the big financial
difference between the two cameras. Cards just load in and each camera will be a little
bit different. There is a little bit of difference in storing these cameras also. The digital
camera has a sensor in it and it has a little bit of electric static charge to it. If you
get dust in there it will stick onto your sensor and then all of your pictures will
come out with a little dust speck on them. 35mm cameras are not quite so particular about
that. The nice thing about digital cameras is you can change the ISO setting in between
each picture if you want to. You can change to black and white and you can change to high
speed color or you can change daylight balance and flash balance whatever you need to do.
The new cameras really wonderful and are expensive but they save you a lot of money in film processing.
That is all we have to day. Thank you.

Comments 43

  • It's actually pretty good if you have a high end one, and not the shit point&shoots.

    When I watch TV shows with modeling and junk, it irks me that they use that instead of film though. It's becoming a lost art real quick.

  • nope, it's true. bonesdsm is completely right. You can pick up MUCH more detail with properly exposed film than you can with digital. Film has more latitude, whereas digital tends to be easily overexposed. I've taken landscape photos with my manual 35mm and 120 film cameras that completely blew away my 8 megapixel digital camera. Film just blows digital out of the water. If you want lame "kewl pics" for your MySpace page, then use digital. For REAL photography, film is much better.

  • …as an example, in some of the pictures I've taken with my Yashica A (Twin Lens Reflex manual film camera), I could magnify them and read street signs that were over 2 city blocks away. Even one of my friends who DOES shoot mostly digital admitted that it takes better pictures than his DSLR.

    When I'm just hanging out with my friends or whatever, I use digital for getting quick snapshots. But if I actually go out to take photos, I use film. I also develop B&W film and prints at home.

  • Holy shit these guys suck. Every single one of their videos is useless or just plain wrong.

  • Thanks for the insight. I just went on a shopping spree in ebay during my latest episode of GAS. I purchased a bunch of film cameras.

  • Film seems very expensive these days though. I'm spending about AUD$25-30 for every 36 (or less) photos.

    For experimenting I'd rather have a DSLR in my hands and considering the most popular medium at the moment for photography is the internet it's not so bad.

    I still like shooting on film though, it's a totally different experience. It's the same with filming (movies). Digital allows for many retakes but to run with film you need to have a well oiled machine working with you.

  • lol…wake up. Film has been dead for a few years now. The new DSLRs out there blow any film camera out of the water.

  • You still need a good crew for a good film, regardless.

    Digital is looking very good these days, especially with things like the RED camera. Shooting on digital is very good for creating shows with lots of improv and unplanned actions. For instance Superbad was shot on digital which allowed them to do take after take after take. It changes the pace of shooting too, there's no need to keep checking the gate and swap over the film, it's far quicker.

  • Quality? Please. I'm a long time photography and the QUALITY that I get from my digital pics is FAR better than anything I ever did on film. EVER. I'm not talking about Joe Average using a low end DSLR, I'm talking about using the latest and greatest DSLRs out there and then properly edited using a high end photo editing program like Lightroom. I've dealt with my fair share of Film Fanatics who insist that film is better and refuse to go digital. You will all get left in the dust. Sayonara.

  • Expensive digital cameras looks a lot better than expensive film

  • As noticed by the comments here it is a big war Territory's. I feel both formats, digital and film have their use.

    The problem with film that unless you self process it, the picture coming from it might be bad. Indeed send your film to a place to get it done for you and..who knows what you get back.

    Hence why digital at least on that point gave you some warnings ahead.

  • I to feel the same way as the person below me. I love shooting film than my digital slr. I have my canon eos1n and my digital 40d. Film is far better than a raw or jpeg. lol

  • Dude looks like a 60's hippie

  • for some reason film has this thing to it that makes it much better than digital. i can't say it. my friend is jealous because my 40 year old nikon f2 has better color reproduction than his d300

  • After submitting this video, this man was tarred and feathered and then forever banished from the "Village of Expert" (population c. 6,040)

    The other villagers expertly chased him into the outskirts one night with torches and pitchforks. It was quite the scene.

  • expert village what iz ur fucking problm always u prodcast the most stupid and boring videos,,,,,,,,,, ?????????????

  • expertvillage got to be one of the most useless channels here on youtube

  • Droll, boring, and most people could work out what he was talking about for themselves by either buying a good book on beginner photography, or by joining a local camera club.

  • damn. I thought this time I'd find a legit video cause of his plain black shirt and goatie 😐

  • Digital is just faux photography that's designed for a bunch of wannabe photographers that don't have the skill to shoot film.

  • @Dutch3DMaster Pro photographers that shoot digital don't command as much respect from me because I see them taking 1000's of pictures of the same scenes to get only a few pictures they want to print. Less thought goes into their compositions as well. I still have a wet darkroom like your granddad. I can still get the chemicals and papers needed here no problem at the camera store. I also have the option of buying supplies online. Maybe you can help him by ordering supplies online.

  • @Dutch3DMaster You may not have to restrict yourself to webshops in Holland just to order darkroom chemicals. You might look at the UK or Germany as well to order online. I believe that Agfa is out of Germany so why not take a look at them? I know that they still make all the chemicals and photo papers because I still see it on the store shelves here in Canada. Do they still teach darkroom photography in school in Holland? If so, find the retailer that supplies the schools and problem solved.

  • @Dutch3DMaster Just for fun (and to prove a point) I'm going to pit a borrowed digital slr camera up against my 35mm slr and 2 of my medium format cameras as an experiment. I'm going to shoot pictures of the same scenes by each camera and put the prints side by side in a photo album (digital vs film) so that my friends can compare the final print results. This should be a worthy experiment and should be especially interesting when I start comparing the resolution of digital to 120 film.

  • @HelloNewYorkCity My 40 year old 35mm Minolta SRT-101 takes better pictures than any digital camera and I can use it without any batteries because it operates purely on its mechanical mechanism to fire the shutter. Digital will always have a numeric limitation for resolution and colour reproduction but film is seemingly endless because it delivers "what you see is what you get."

  • @Dutch3DMaster The medium format cameras that I'm going to use are all film cameras that use size 120 rolls of film. One is a Yashica TLR (that takes about 12 pics/roll of film) and the other is a German Adox camera (bellows type) that takes 8 pics/roll of film. Both of the cameras are more than 50 years old but in very good condition. The negatives are large so that = a lot of pixels if you compare digital to film. 35mm film is even smaller but I want to see how they compare to a 6MP camera.

  • @Dutch3DMaster It sounds to me like you will have to do his shopping for darkroom supplies for him on the computer. The materials are available but you just have to go looking for it. You would be surprised how many young people are discovering film photography over here and find it to be fascinating. Many of them are buying hi-end film cameras cheap, shooting film and loving every minute of it. I'm glad that younger people are doing this because they are helping to keep film alive.

  • @Ipitythedouchebag I agree with everything you said except that digital dominates if you are on a budget in the long term. Give me a digital camera capable of competing with my Nikon's F5 or my Canon's EOS 1V costing as much. Even Canon's first professional-level digital camera, the Canon EOS 1D, cannot compete with its film camera flag ship, despite being older, nor can it compete with Nikon's 1988 F4 or Canon's 1989 EOS 1.

  • @Ipitythedouchebag A medium DSLR with lens will cost you about $800-$1000 USD. You will also need a computer and digital imaging software. Just think how many rolls of film you could buy, develop. Want it digital? Just have it scanned.

  • @CoronaKidz If the quality you get from your digital pics are FAR better than anything you ever did on film it only proves How good you really were shooting film. Nevertheless, have you ever seen Sebastião Salgado shooting digital?

  • films i used cost 3 – 5euro, developing&digitalizing 36picture film without paper photos cost 7-10euro depend on shop and quality wanted) ..only last weekend I took more than 1000 pictures of my 550D (birthday party, workshop at school, party at club, some random streetscapes) ..well..with my film T50 it would be around 30film cartriges, cost around 135 euro, toget my photos on CDs around next 230 euro ..well all in all ..for that money I can buy prime 50mm 1.4 lens in my country ..you decide…

  • very uninformative. Thanks for the useless shit that everyone knows. Tell me something I already don't know.

  • he makes it seem that digital cameras are better, but they're not even though they can be convinient. film photography allows you to feel one with the camera and creative, also the big advantage is they take better clearer pictures

  • film rules!!!!!!!

  • man this guy sounds nervous as fun

  • man this guy sounds nervous as fuk

  • Every time I see a video from expert village it fills my heart with pure hate.

  • I think both film and digital have their pluses and minuses yet any good photographer would tell you that the best cameras are vintage, manual-only (both lens and camera) and, of course, on film.

    Film is fabulous if you sit in a darkroom yourself or know a place that can make the pics the way you want them to look otherwise you might get something you don't want to. You need to know what film to pick (the faster the film is the crappier the quality is) on the other hand film helps you develop

  • Difference between film and not-film. One uses film, one doesn't. Did that really require a 2 min video?

  • So the difference between digital and film is that film comes in little containers like these…

  • press 1 if you want to skip the intro 😉

  • 3 years from your comment, you get to pay 15$ for a box of 3×36 high quality poses.

  • Buy 3 Roll Colour Films of 24 Exposures of 3 rolls of Film in each box of either Kodak Gold Colour Negative Print Film or FUJI Superia Colour Negative Film. Both films have R.G.B. Analog Vivid-Deep Colour Emulsions.You purchase them at"Walmart whether U.S.A. or CANADA for $11.99 Kodak-Gold Colour 3 Rolls 24 Exposure,$12.99 for FUJI Superia Colour Negative Film,3 Rolls of 24 Exposures".In Europe from Kodak or Fuji Colour Negative Film Distributer Retailers.Don't forget to Refridgerate your Films!

  • All you need to creat art is imagination. A great artist will do the same quality work with film or digital. Defending one or the other serves no purpose, both have good and bad, yet both under the right hands can do amazing things.

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