ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 713 posts, RR: 16 Posted (4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1040 times:
I was looking in my photo stuff drawers last night and came across my Epson P2000 portable storage device. Bought in 2005 as an absolutely essential requirement to allow me to safely store all my pics during a longish trip. It held (for the time) a healthy 40gb and had a rather nice viewing screen. Wasn't cheap!
I don't think it's seen the light of day in at least 5 years. Who'd have thought card storage would get so cheap?
I have an older 20gb portable drive as well.
Just wondering if anyone has other once essential photo gear rendered redundant by the onward march of technology.
And can anyone think of another use for an Epson P2000
Ah - I don't think film based stuff qualifies - in my head, film & related is not obsolete ... just "different". I believe I will one day find time to once again set up my darkroom and enjoy producing glorious B&W prints on real paper from medium format negs taken on a camera I picked up for next to nothing (saw a Rollei TLR a while back for under £100).
I think there will always be a small industry around film - if only as an artistic medium.
dendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1648 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
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I still miss the darkroom and used to print colour from slides and negatives but I think it is highly unlikely I will ever get to doing that again.
I too got a Rolleiflex very, very cheaply with a sticking shutter but after a couple of hours clicking and firing (driving my Wife mad as we watched TV) it eventually freed itself.
I would love to do some black and white again, some big prints onto proper paper, and, like you, from roll film.
However, it is even more likely that I will simply scan them
photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2645 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 998 times:
LOL.... I've got a Crown Graphic (4" x 5") with a raft of film holders for it. I always enjoyed the mental discipline of going out for the day with only a 10 pack of film. That's it.... 10 shots for the day so it made you think about what you wanted to shoot, not the crazy digital world where people spray photos like they're shooting a machine gun. The joy of setting up a tripod, adjusting the swing/tilt to control perspective and depth-of-field, then my gawd.... using a hand-held meter to read/adjust your exposure. Those were the days where you created an image thru technical competence, not "what setting should I use"!