I’m asked occasionally why I still persist in using film cameras. The simple answer can be seen in the quality of the original scan of this medium-format negative: the detail reaches to my sister’s eyelashes, behind the detailed reflection of the Tate Modern in her sunglasses.

The basic, un-retouched scan of this negative replicates the image size of a 75 megapixel digital camera, although a necessarily less expensive (but excellent) flatbed film scanner affects the precise sharpness of the film grain.

The Hasselblad "medium format" digital cameras, with approximately 30 – 40 megapixel images, would be the nearest I’d come to this kind of image quality. They cost upwards of $30,000. So perhaps that will answer those who insist on trying to get me to abandon film for good.

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