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From: tedgrant at (tedgrant at
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:58:34 -0800
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Rudy said:
Subject: Re: [Leica] IMG: 2010
> This might be Jayanand, but *for me* there is no digital substitute for a 
> slide projector. <<<

Aw gee whiz Rudy and I was beginning to like you! ;-) :-) :-)

I have two Leica projectors sitting here never been used in probably more 
than 8-9 years at least. WHY?

Well I haven't shot slide film for at least that long and when I prepare a 
new lecture and I require slide film images from my files, I scan them to 
digital images that are dropped into the program along with true digital 
images shot with a digital camera of whatever make at the day.

When they come up on screen from a digital projector they all look smashing 
and I'd say extremely difficult to tell one from the other. Film or digital.

And as far as shooting film, B&W or colour ever again? I would have to be 
paid an enormous amount of money to do so! Not worth the time and effort of 
processing, chemicals and trips back and forth to the colour lab waiting for 
the film to be souped.

If one has a reasonable filing system for digital there isn't any reason not 
to find an image whether you shot it today or 10 years ago. Yes we all know 
of and heard of, the "digital fade factor and equipment to read the images 
on a disk." But being the logical reasonable understanding types most 
photographers are, it's quite simple to avoid the fade and equipment 
factor.... we move or up grade as time and technical aspects change. We then 
are always able to retrieve whatever image in all it's glory as though it 
were shot that day!

Do I understand all things digital? NOT A HOPE! :-) But I've stumbled along 
and so far it's just the greatest for my life as a photojournalist. As I 
said I wouldn't go back to film unless I was paid handsomely and somebody 
else did all the running around taking film to the lab and picking it up. 
And waiting time!

During my 60 years as a professional souping all my B&W film of various 
sizes, there's not a hope in hell I'd ever want to do it again. Not for any 
particular reason, but it's a big pain in the ass and digital is so much 
easier. :-) And digital quality is becoming so incredible that it puts film 
on the back of the stove never to be considered of any use ever again.

And the quality of digital imaging is improving daily and going to be well 
beyond our wildest quality imagination! cheers,

Replies: Reply from styx at (Ruediger Merz) ([Leica] IMG: 2010 PLUS FILM AND PROJECTOR THOUGHTS!)
In reply to: Message from mark at (Mark Rabiner) ([Leica] IMG: 2010)
Message from Frank.Dernie at (Frank Dernie) ([Leica] IMG: 2010)
Message from jayanand at (Jayanand Govindaraj) ([Leica] IMG: 2010)
Message from styx at (Ruediger Merz) ([Leica] IMG: 2010)