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FILM versus DIGITAL
This page is a sloppy excuse for a comparison.
The film looks bad. It has too much grain compared to the smooth digital results.
The first image puts film at a 1.5x disadvantage, since I had to enlarge the film an extra 1.5x to match the digital's reduced field of view. If I had intended to do this correctly I would have used a 75mm lens on film and enlarged it less.
The last image looks smaller. It is the 35mm film not enlarged the extra 1.5x.
The third image is shot with a 105mm lens to compare to medium format film. Again this puts film at the 1.5x disadvantage. I should have used a 150mm lens and enlarged it less to give the same field of view as the 50mm lens on digital to be fair.
More important than these images is what a pain it is to scan film. You have to be kidding!
Guide Image, film. Digital includes only area inside large red rectangle. Small rectangle is crop area shown below.
105mm on medium format film
35mm film, corrected for mag factor
I spent almost two months shooting and writing this comparison of 50mm lenses. No one pays me for this. If you find this as helpful as a book you might have had to buy or a workshop you may have had to take, feel free to help me write more with a donation.
Thanks for reading!