Re: The future of 35mm film
- From: Noons <wizofoz2k@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2005 20:10:21 +1100
chrlz@xxxxxx apparently said,on my timestamp of 1/11/2005 8:30 PM:
Sigh. Does anyone really care?
Actually, being in IT myself I do.
I can easily read 8" floppy disks, or even a cassette tape for a Vic20, if I *really* need to. It's not that hard to dig up old equipment if
Good luck. Three things: finding the equipment, getting the drivers for said equipment, getting the software to talk to the drivers.
But hey, guess what? I don't
NEED to. Because anything I want/ed is already transferred over.
as new technologies appear, they will get transferred again, with a bit
of culling of the rubbish..
The previous does not authorize you to assume this as a given.
> Can you point to *anyone* whining yet
about how they have lost data/images because the technology to read it is gone?
Yes. I can't read my backups from OS2 in the Syquest 40Mb SCSI disks. There are some images there from old friends. But I can see my marriage photos. As simple as flipping through the albums or the negative storage folders.
Yes, *of course*, sometimes stuff will be lost. A LOTof stuff. Gee, that sort of thing never happened with film and negatives, did it.. (O;
Very good point. It's all to do with how much care one wants to put into it, isn't it?
And don't you think, given the huge increase of the number of pictures being taken as we move to digital, that the loss of a lot of images might actually be a good thing? (O; Most of those images will be crap, because the owners of the good ones will, generally, be a bit more careful about backups.
Don't agree with you here. The images of my marriage party taken > 30 years ago are total artistic crap but I'll keep and cherish them until the day I die or divorce. Same goes for all the B&W snapshots I've inherited from my grand-parents and parents. And I know that sooner or later my kids will want them as well to add to their lot. That's what we amateurs use photos for, regardless of the art in evidence.
survive. And, unlike film, if the image survives, it survives *perfectly* - or at least as good as it was when captured.
That, remains to be proven.
This whole "we won't be able to read the files in the future" thing is all pretty daft, IMNSHO. Of course you will. And most likely, you won't need to. I've already moved my floppy disk stuff to HD, from HD to CD, from CD to DVD, and so it goes..
No, not daft. Just good common sense. I'd rather prevent an "accident" than pay the price later on. That's why my digital backups get re-done every once in a while. And my film stuff is kept in the best archival storage I can afford.
-- Cheers Nuno Souto in sunny Sydney, Australia wizofoz2k@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx .
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