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May 16, 2003

Don't Forget Hairy Palms

Posted by Mike on May 16, 2003 1:19 PM

The entry's a week old, but there's still humor to be gleaned from Anil Dash's observation of a film camera store that isn't dealing with the digital revolution too well. In a followup entry, he records the inevitable.

It's interesting that the store was so intransigent on the issue. Mainline photography magazines (which are a good indicator of where the journeyman photographer is at) are integrating digital photography into their content at a respectable rate. All the local camera shops have some sort of provision for making nice prints from flash cards and CD's. So who's digging in and fighting digital? Evidently this store was. I just went back to film with my latest camera, but I'll be the first to admit it's a weird thing for an amateur to be doing . . . it was a decision made mostly on the basis of immediate bang-for-buck and frustration with the near total depreciation of what had been a "nice" digital camera two years ago, not the long-term question of film developing expenses and all that.

Anyone who just wants snapshots is running out of reasons to stick with film . . . looks like that store decided to implode rather than deal with that.