BRYAN CASH - PHOTOGRAPHY IS FILM
Erwin Puts:
“Most people assume that digital photography (a huge misnomer) is simply photography by other means than the use of film and chemicals. ... This attitude is not only widespread it is the conventional wisdom worldwide. Being universally accepted does not make it true.”
“The essence of film-based photography is not only the fact that the mechanism of capturing an image and fixing it in a silver halide grain structure creates a final picture that can hardly be altered. The fundamental issue here is the fact that the laws of physics create the image, in particular by the characteristics of light rays and the interaction between photons and silver halide grains. Photography is writing with light, and fixing the shadows.”
“Photography is not only intimately linked to the use of film, but in fact depends for its very existence on film.”
“The scene we want to photograph exists and is real: the scene emits electromagnetic energy that is collected by the lens and is transmitted as wave fronts that are captured on a recording medium consisting of silver halide grain clumps. Image formation then is physical and the image recorded by wave fronts in the emulsion layer is molded and fixed in the structure and distribution of the grain clumps.”
“Film has a more human texture, an emotional weight that can be seen ... Celluloid imagery is real and it shines through the grain of the film, the subtle colour space and the depth of the image. It is this sense of reality that is the defining characteristic of silver halide photography.”

Cellulose triacetate rollfilm in 2024:
135 (35mm) 120 (6x6cm, etc.)
  • Color reversal/transparency
    • Kodak Ektachrome E100
    • Fujichrome Provia 100F
    • Fujichrome Velvia 50
  • Color reversal/transparency
    • Fujichrome Provia 100F
    • Fujichrome Velvia 50
  • Color negative
    • Kodak Ektar 100
    • Kodak Portra 160
    • Kodak Portra 400
  • Color negative
    • Kodak Ektar 100
    • Kodak Portra 160
    • Kodak Portra 400
  • Black & white negative
    • Kodak Tri-X 400
    • Ilford Pan F Plus 50
    • Ilford FP4 Plus 125
    • Ilford HP5 Plus 400
    • Ferrania P30 80
    • Fomapan 100
    • Fomapan 400
  • Black & white negative
    • Kodak Tri-X 400
    • Ilford Pan F Plus 50
    • Ilford FP4 Plus 125
    • Ilford HP5 Plus 400
    • Ferrania P30 80

Cellulose triacetate film base:
New film camera equipment in 2024:
Secondhand film camera equipment:
Exposure meters:
Lens filters:
Tripods and heads:
Cable releases:
Loupes:
Light boxes:
Slide mounts:
Slide projectors:
Cotton cloths for cleaning equipment and making pouches:
Glassine or pergamyn paper envelopes, sleeves, and pages for film:
Archival paper envelopes and boxes for film, slides, and prints:
Darkroom, film and print processing equipment:
Darkroom, chemicals:
Darkroom, paper:
Darkroom, enlargers:
Darkroom, enlarging lenses:
Darkroom, mechanical stopwatches:
Lab-size photographic processing equipment:
Scanning, film scanners using PMT:
Scanning, film scanners using CCD:
Scanning, software:
Scanning, image editing software:
Scanning, IT8 calibration targets:
Scanning, working color space:
Scanning, computer monitors:
Scanning, CD/DVD writers:
Scanning, CD-R and DVD-R optical discs:
Scanning, CD/DVD cases: