Shooting film is not vegan

[...] film is not a vegan product. Film is made of gelatin, which, as you may know, is a product of animal bones.

I never thought about it.

While this is not a big deal (no animals are killed to produce film), I have thought about the environmental cost of shooting film before and I have mixed feelings.

I am aware that the production of digital cameras isn't good either.

After almost two years developing film, though, it's hard for me to think that my digital cameras have had a similar footprint in the environment. Imagine the 250+ rolls of film I've shot so far: the film itself, the backing paper, the spools, the chemicals, water and paper used for development, the archival sleeves, the energy to scan them.

And I don't even have a darkroom.

Hasselblad XV Lens Adapter

This new adapter will allow photographers to use V system lenses on digital cameras like the X1D.

If anything, this will only make those lenses more expensive. There it goes my dream of shooting a Hasselblad 500C/M.

Bye, Acros

Rumors were true, and Fujifilm officially announced it's discontinuing all B&W films and papers.

More specifically, Neopan Acros (both 35mm and 120) will not be shipped anymore after October 2018.

While it's always sad to see yet another film stock go, let's hope this will mean more demand for other companies that are more committed to film as current Fujifilm's customers look for an alternative.

Every film stock you can buy today

I'm not a big fan of using multiple film stocks. After all, that was one of the reasons why I switched from digital to analog: to limit my options. I want to master one or two film stocks and know what I can get from them.

But, if you are looking for a new film stock to try, or if you are just curious about which options we have as film photographers as of today, Emulsive has done a terrific job compiling all the 172 film stocks you can buy today (it's a multi-part series and this is just the first part of it).