It’s almost 20 years since digital cameras were introduced to the market place. However, shoppers are still able to buy film cameras and all the paraphernalia they require from the pages of Weekend Shopper.
Courier-Mail photographer, Pete Johnson spoke to Shopper about the fundamental differences and advantages between film and digital cameras.
Mr Johnson has more than 15 years experience in the photographic field working with both types of cameras. He advised that before buying any camera at all it’s important for shoppers to work out what the end use of their images is.
“You need to decide on the end use of your photos before purchasing either a film or digital camera,” he said.
"For example, are you just taking home snaps or small prints for your photo album; or are you looking at taking images for an exhibition environment?
"Different uses of the images will dictate the type of camera used."
Film cameras still have their place in the market and offer value for money.
"The advantage of a film camera over digital is the value of the dollar per megapixel," he said.
"By that I mean you can buy an old style medium or large format second hand camera like a Mamiya for around $1000 and they can provide you with very large pictures.
"However, to produce equivalent-size images on a digital camera could cost around $10,000."
Mr Johnson said there was several advantages of digital cameras over film.
"Firstly the speed involved in processing the images, the fact that people can process them at home and the editing qualities on offer thanks to the delete button," he said.
"Also, the running cost is less, as you don’t need to buy film.
"In terms of SLR 35mm film cameras, at the bottom of the market, there are some incredible bargains to be had and these cameras still produce quality images.
“ There are also plenty of places that will process the film and provide a CD of the images.
"Anyone buying a secondhand camera should take either a CF card or a roll of film and take a few images and have them processed. This will show you if there are flaws in the image and help you decide whether to buy the camera or not."