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Dispelling the myth of digital: The digital camera is not ‘superior’ or ‘more advanced’ than an analogue camera.

Fotografie e a cura di Simone Angarano

There is very little difference between the two, even though it is often hard to believe, which is why the choice between Digital and Analogue doesn’t only arise from technical considerations.

Let’s start by saying that the underlying optical principle is the same. Even the most emblazoned Carl Zeiss Sonnar camera lens was invented in 1924 and the optical scheme has remained virtually unchanged ever since. All of today’s optical schemes were not designed in the first decades of the last century.

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Se ci pensiamo, anche il concetto di scatola con foro e piano di proiezione” è il medesimo. Nel sensore sono i fotodiodi a reagire alla luce e ai sali di Argento nella pellicola. Il prodotto del sensore è un segnale elettrico, ma continuo e quindi perfettamente analogico.

If we think about it, the concept of ‘box with hole and projection plane’ is also the same. In the sensor, it is the photodiodes that react to the light and the silver salts in the film. The product of the sensor is an electrical signal, but a continuous one and therefore perfectly analogue.

The difference lies in the ADC ( Analog to Digital Converter ) which converts the continuous electrical signal of the photodiodes into digital sequences of zeros and ones. Therefore, up to this conversion, the digital camera behaves simply analogue.

Digital technology is still very young if we consider that the first digital camera dates back to 1981 (Sony Mavica) and despite some attempts at innovation -see the new mirrorless cameras- it is all based on aping film (filters, grain, vignetting, Polaroid white borders).

Film SLRs from 30 years ago still work today with the same results.

Are you really sure that 30 years from now your Digital will do the same? Film was created for the human eye, not for a computer. Will the file formats that are used today -Raw, Tiff, Jpeg- still be compatible with future technologies? The media in which you save your precious files are also at constant risk. Digital files can be lost, deleted by mistake, undergo degrading conversions. The same applies to hardware: studies show that a hard disk after two years is already to be considered ‘old’ and prone to failure.

This cannot happen to film.

You cannot delete it, it does not fear viruses, it does not fear crashes, it has no compatibility problems, if it crashes, nothing happens.

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The quality of analogue is also superior: did you know that in terms of megapixels, a 6×7 medium format film has 78? If we then go up in size to 4×5 inches (10x13cm), that number exceeds 200, and in economic terms today with a few hundred euros you can access all of this.

In conclusion, Film is something tangible, concrete and real to hold in your hands and requires an equally physical printing process to show and share face to face. 

I believe that today it is the best way to stand out from a digital mass of ‘social’.

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