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Digital Fujifilm S5700 vs Film Minolta SRT101

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Following on from The Laddies excellent comparison between his Fujifilm S5700 and the Canon 450d, I thought readers may be interested in a comparison between my S5700 and an old Minolta SRT101 Film SLR.

I took the photographs during part of the same photowalk, albeit at slightly different times and with slightly different compositions.

All the film shots were taken with my 50mm F1.4 MC Rokkor lens on the front of my SRT101.

This first one was taken with the Minolta Film SLR:


Here’s the Digital version taken with my S5700:


This is another Film Version from my Minolta:


Then a similar Digital Photograph from my S5700:










You may wonder why I bought a 1970’s Film SLR. The reason was price – it cost £10 from our local car boot sale, so I wasn’t going to pass up that bargain, and its the only way I’m going to get the chance to play with SLR lenses for a while.

I may have only put one roll of film through my SRT101 (I’ve got new film in the SRT101 and a X300s, but haven’t finished them yet!), but those 24 exposures were a great learning experience in themselves.

The Minolta SRT 101 is a fully manual camera. You have to choose the aperture, shutter speed (the ISO depends on the film you use), and focus it manually too. This means you spend more time on each exposure, the whole process slows you down, giving you the time to think about composition and light. The fact that you’ve only got 24 exposures makes you really scan the viewfinder, reviewing your choice of scene, forcing you to think about your photography so much more.

This is a complete opposite to what most people say about digital – where you can click away, taking hundreds of shots and simply picking out “the keepers” and throwing away the rest. You just can’t afford to do that with film.

Which do I prefer? My Fujifilm S5700 digital camera. I love digital, I love the immediacy, the possibilities of post-processing and the ease of sharing.

The Film SLR is a learning tool, something that I’m so glad to have tried (and to still use), and the £10 I spent on the Minolta, and the £7 I spent on processing, are probably the best money I’ve spent to improve my photography. And nothing beats looking at your images as nice glossy prints.

Cheers, Rob.