Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Film (Leica M6) vs. Digital (Leica M9) by Ben Miller

From Ben Miller,
I have struggled with the whole film vs. digital dilemma for quite awhile. I currently shoot film and digital. I am lucky enough to have had two Leicas in my possession, an M6 and an M9. I had to let the M6 go. I had to determine if the M9 could give me the joy that my M6 gave me?

A friend of mine has a saying... “It feels right”. I’ve spent time thinking about this statement. When I’m on the backpack trail, my pack feels right, like an extension of my body. When I’m on stage holding my guitar or on the couch with my love the feeling is the same. My first TLR (a Yashica A) felt right from the moment I hunched over and looked down on the focusing screen. The feeling that I have during all these moments is the same, a natural feeling that needs no explanation. My M6 felt right.

There will always be a place in my life for film. Sometimes I need the shots right away and cannot take the time to develop in my bathroom and spend half the day scanning. Digital is a necessity in our time of unlock the iPhone, capture, post process, and upload all within a minute. Am I doing the right thing with “Hello M9” and “Good Bye M6”?

People always say that digital files are flat, that flesh tones suck, and that those lush greens from Fujifilm are gone. I believe that there is a place for film and digital. I hope to have another M6 someday.

The weekend before my M6 was gone I visited my folks with both Leicas in my bag. Less than a roll was left in the M6. I captured these images with the same lens, same composition, and the same settings.

I uploaded these photos to my Facebook account and asked people to take a guess at which ones were film. Can you tell?

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    1. Feel free to email me and I will tell. Anyone want to publicly guess?

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  2. I think the top ones are M6 w/ Kodak Portra.

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  3. I think the first is M6. They are more sharp.

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  4. The top images all look better. The bottom ones look like they have a weird green instafilter on them.

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  5. Top are film. Of course the greencast could have been removedfrom the digital files. The film shots simply look great. More to a photo than straight resolution as these film shots prove.

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    1. The top ones are film. I exaggerated the green tones in the M9 files. Many photographers who have shot film for years guessed wrong. They thought the green tones came from those great green tones that were present when using Fuji film. Cheers.

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  7. In art there is not right or wrong, so digital and film are both right. They just force you to work somewhat differently and that is what the artist is interested in, not just the results, but the whole creative process.

    I now use film almost exclusively, but who know, maybe I grow tired of it. Being able to choose is a blessing.

    Cheers,
    Edu.

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  9. Top ones are film. They have a more "3D" look. The bottom ones are more "flat".

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