Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/06/20

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Subject: [Leica] RE: Film is Archival
From: "Lew" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 09:57:51 -0400

	I don't believe this to be the case at all. A digital image can
be copied with 100% accuracy from one medium to another, whereas film to
film always involves some degradation of image quality. While it's true
that a particular medium may fall out of favor, the idea that we will
somehow forget or become incapable of reverse engineering a particular
storage format (eg jpeg's, tiff's, etc...) doesn't really bear a
second's thought. An image is a biological, psychological, esoteric
thing, not to be confused with it's physical implementation or

- -Lew

- -----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Martin
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 2:20 AM
Subject: Film is Archival

Whatever else, at least at the present, film is the archival medium. You
cannot put your CD or DVD away for 75 years, not tend to it much, and
that it will be easy to use at that time. Standards will change, get
much better, and legacy equipment is likely to become scarcer. Film and
prints sit there in the cool, dry, dark and don't do much. For my
which is developing an archive of images, film (Kodachrome) is still the
preferred way.

I realize this may be a small minority concern.

Most people want snapshots or pictures for newspapers, etc.  They are
concerned about the future, to be sure, but that is not their main

By the way, much the same argument applies to books vs. e-Books etc.
just sit there, especially if the paper is not too reactive. Copying was
means of preservation a long time ago, but when the monks get busy with
other things...

And if we want to have pictures available 500 years from now (think
Renaissance), the medium might well be oil paint on canvas, printed
or a ceramic image.


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