Film has truly been relegated to the trash can….in some places!

I was wandering around downtown Vancouver today and dropped into the Pacific Centre, opposite Granville Skytrain station.

The mall itself is, for me anyway, nothing special….as all malls go, they are one and the same, setting fake targets to which the uninitiated all fall into the trap of aspiring to. Sure, it’s a glittering palace of all things nice, albeit things that may not appeal to all who enter it’s hallowed doors.

Sure, all the big names are there, Harry Rosen, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, etc etc but you know what, I see no reason why I should spend $$ on a shirt by say Ralph Lauren when the same quality is available for around half the price elsewhere! So it won’t say Ralph Lauren on it….so what?

And so, it was thus that I walked into the Blacks camera store there. And what a mecca to digital photography it is, too.

I just thought it would be interesting to see the reaction of the Staff there at the mention of film cameras and film.

Sure enough, as I was approached by a chap working there asking if he could help me, I asked that I was interested in  taking monochrome photos and could he recommend a good 35mm film at all and a good, reliable film camera to go with it.

His reaction was indeed rather dramatic! At the mention of film, he looked at me for what must have bene only a few seconds, but it seemed as if it was for many minutes, as he somehow fought to understand why anybody, in this day and age, would be so utterly silly or stupid to ask such a question, even more so in his shop, being a Temple To Digital?

Of course, he did not have the faintest idea of what to say, or indeed what to recommend….or indeed what the I was talking about! What he did say was “erm…these are the only cameras we sell here, sir…”, which I suppose  was quite a correct statement!

Fair enough…I do realise that even mentioning film these days is almost on par with asking an Eskimo about what the Brazilian jungle is like….but on the other hand, it’s not such an idiotic question surely.

Digital is fine…I have several digital cameras myself, my favourite being the Ricoh GRD, but I would have thought that people who are hired to talk about photography all day, should at least have some idea of film and film cameras.

Ignorance is bliss, I suppose?



About filmcamera999

ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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2 Responses to Film has truly been relegated to the trash can….in some places!

  1. neely wang says:

    I don’t think it has as much to do with the camera itself, but rather the person behind the camera that makes the picture. I wish I knew more about using film — it’s a great art!

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