The True Costs of Shooting with Film vs. Digital

Screenshot image from the video by Travis Mortz

It shouldn’t be an issue anymore, but the case of film vs. digital cameras remains a long-standing topic for both beginner and intermediate photographers. Among the most debated aspects of this is which one is the least expensive. If you’re just about to start with photography and are wondering which route won’t put a dent in your wallet, Travis Mortz of Forest Hill Film Lab weighs in on the specifics of this debate to help you decide.

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PSA: Don’t Preorder Anything at B&H Photo with Paypal (for the moment)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D Mk II first impressions images (1 of 7)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 3.2

There are a lot of hot new cameras we saw announced at Photokina. But before you go preordering your Panasonic LX100, Leica M-A, or what have you from B&H Photo make sure you don’t use Paypal. Otherwise you’ll be charged for a shinny new Canon 7D Mk II before it even ships despite the company’s policy to not charge you until it ships.

A Reddit user did just that and ended up being charged $1,800 on the spot. Normally when you pre-order an item with a credit card, the user isn’t charged until the item actually ships but this isn’t so with Paypal due to Paypal’s terms of service that states that they charge when the transaction happens.

Admittedly the Reddit user should have noticed the bold print warning. But this is also a unique quirk of ordering from B&H Photo. In contrast, Adorama will not charge customers immediately when ordering with Paypal.

Via Reddit