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Thread #40988   Message #590846
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
12-Nov-01 - 12:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: Digital cameras?
Subject: RE: BS: Digital cameras?
Mcgrath, we haven't scared you away yet? Of course, you must get a scanner to take those old prints and negatives into digital so you can remove mother-in-law from that otherwise good picture or the garbage bin from that photo of Mt. Murgatroyd. A good print scanner runs $400 and a 35mm neg scanner around $1000.
Seriously, no really serious photographer would get rid of his film system. Resolution and the capabilities of a good series of lenses as yet cannot be replaced by digital cameras. The digital provides another tool and professionals use both. If you already have a good film camera, consider a scanner to process your negs and prints first.
For the amateur with a computer, however, the digital system is hard to beat. A lot of your errors in photography can be corrected by the Adobe and other programs available. They take time and experimentation to use properly; the manuals are good but much practice goes into the good digital print.
Used equipment with a guarantee is a real money-saver; also there are factory-rebuilt items out there that are every bit as good as new.