In 2011, I bought a used Fuji Gx617 off eBay, a camera last produced in 1993. I had never photographed with film before so it was a learning curve for sure. Though with persistence and dedication I managed to train myself into a successful landscape photographer. I’ve become somewhat sentimental about film, its raw and organic feeling, it has a look about it that just can’t be reproduced.
For years I’ve forgone the latest and greatest tech in favour of film but with the future of analogue dwindling towards the end of an era I needed a new camera. In 2016, I bought a brand-new Phase One IQ3 100 Mega Pixel camera thinking it can do everything film can do but it just can’t. Half of the photos below a captured on one of the world’s most expensive cameras and the other half on a second-hand camera from 1993. Can you spot the difference?
Destin Sparks Portrait with Fuji GX617
Chatoyant Bliss (Whitsundays, Australia) – Film
Friolero (Mt Hutton, New Zealand) – Digital
Bisou Dore (The Twelve Apostles, Australia) – Film
Whispers (Yosemite Valley, United States) – Digital
Night Guardian (Lake Wanaka, New Zealand) – Film
Transcendence (Millaa Millaa Falls, Australia) – Film
Timeless Bond (Swan River, Australia) – Film
The Mask (Antelope Canyon, United States) – Digital
Wonderwall (Kyoto, Japan) – Digital
Shadow Land (Hooker Valley, New Zealand) – Digital
Illusionary (Mout Cook, New Zealand) – Digital