I myself used pro labs for all my critical work. An outfit like ABC Photo and Imaging in Manassas, VA was so far beyond what I could do and I was pretty good at chem lab stuff. I also worked with Meisel Photochrome earlier. Very few labs are that good. This situation with film photo labs will continue to erode as film subsides. Digital is environmentally friendlier and that is fact. However our worldwide demand for copper threatens some of the best commercial and sport fishery populations that have ever existed on this planet. I wish that this demand for resources were not so true as the better our photography gets the better we can see what we may lose!
90 days of summer - I declare film is (No Good) to me(30 posts) (19 voices)
The negative environmental impact of film use over digital is not there. Have you given thought to:
The disposal rate of digital cameras in our landfills
The chemicals and resources used making silicon chips, and electronic components inside the gazillion new digital cameras
The overall quantity of digital cameras being created, gazillion times more than film cameras, depleting resources to make them.
The resources used making new or adding on to factories that make the digital cameras.
The resources used making the digital chips, electronics, and the like for the digital cameras.
The created software with packaging, and hardware such as HDD, storage devices etc, to handle those digital files all take much more resources than film. Thus they create industries that add to polluting our environment.
Many more items can be added to the above list that will show digital has a much higher negative environmental impact.
Of the above there is a long domino effect of related and non related industries causing pollution, using non renewable resources, industries that have a negative effect caused by digital cameras. Though the same applies to other digital devices we are talking film vs digital cameras.
Studies I have read show an overall net negative environmental impact caused by digital cameras than their counterpart, film. So, there is not in ones wildest stretch of imagination a positive environmental gained moving to digital, quite the contrary.
Film vs digital is all about convenience. Myself, I grew up with film, then in 2000 embraced digital becoming a seven year digital bigot, a true digital chest thumper. Around 2008 I became to realize I enjoyed film more. Though I am both, digital and film, 90% is film.
Film or digital regardless of the attributes of either is a personal choice nothing more. Much like a car with a auto or manual transmission. The auto transmission is much more convenient easier to drive, still folks drive a stick shift. Personal choice.
@RicD In a single word (and I'm being kind here): Rubbish.
-1 towards your perspective of our "digital world."
Sorry RicD but evidently you believe that film cameras were created out of thin air and find more creditable sources of information.
Production of film cameras and film was much larger than digital. Can we say disposable cameras? Not to mention millions upon millions of miles of film used each year for advertising, tv, movies, news media and personal use that was all developed using mixtures of chemicals. All printed on paper that was made and treated with even more chemicals. There are over 100 highly toxic chemicals that needed to be disposed of almost none of which, could be recycled. Kodachrome was discontinued in part because of the price of silver and because the chemicals used in processing were so toxic they could no longer be used.
Not to imply the chemicals used in plastics are any better, but pails in comparison the literally 1,000's of disposable cameras (all plastic) a company I worked for sent out each week for instillation proof. That was done by 1,000's of companies all over the world.
I don't believe you will find any photographer that really looks at these small environmental reasons in the big picture of things for the choice between the two.
If you like film, that is enough. You don't need to try to justify your choice by something that obviously had no part in your choice.
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