Those who like film might also like classic cars for similar reasons

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Whenever I see a classic car like this Duesenberg 1935 SJ LaGrande Dual-Cowl Phaeton I too would love to have one.

Very few of the classic cars can compare to most modern cars for performance. However there are cult followings for these classic cars.

One of the reasons I love the Fuji X-E2 is it has a lot of the feel and design qualities of the Leica M6 that I used to shoot with years ago.

This is just my opinion, but I am finding those who are all about shooting film today are very similar to those who buy classic cars and love driving them. It is about the nostalgia more than it is about if it is truly better than digital.

All the research today shows that the dynamic range, sharpness and resolution of digital is superior to film.

You can even shoot digital and then in post processing make it look like you shot it on film. You can even buy those presets for Adobe Lightroom if you don’t want to learn how to create the effect.

Why you might want to shoot film

Creativity is something that requires you to get into a zone and think beyond the boundaries. If you need to shoot film for you to be your best creatively then you need to shoot film.

You may even need to shoot film every once in a while just to get those creative juices flowing. Whatever the reason it is OK to shoot film.

Why I shoot with Nikon D4

As soon as the new Nikon D5 comes out I will most likely upgrade for the same reason I upgraded from the earlier pro Nikons. The new camera will give me some new capabilities to do things I could not do before.

The Nikon D3 was the game changer for low light photography. I could easily shoot at ISO 6400 and then the Nikon D4 gave me one stop more to ISO 12800.  The Nikon D5 is rumored to have a native high ISO of 102,400 and 4k video. This would be a 3–stop increase in ƒ-stops.

The last time I had a jump like this was when I went from the Nikon D2x to the Nikon D3. The D2Xs ISO 100—800, but the Nikon D3 ISO 200—6400. Those 4—stops was making all of the lenses in my bag increase by 4—stops.

To get the same ƒ–stop gains would require you to spend incredible amount of money. Just to increase those lenses would would 3 to 4 times what the present lens I own and most of those lenses just don’t exist.

My creativity comes when I don’t have to not shoot because there isn’t enough light. If film gave me the advantage to do this over digital then I might be interested in shooting film.