Editorial - December 2007-January 2008 - part 1 of 1

by Mike McNamee Published 01/12/2007

The Truth is Out There (or is it?)
- part 2.000 sub section 4.1

A recent survey by one of the remaining, major film manufacturers, reports that from a population of 9,000 professional photographers in the USA, 75 percent of them said they would continue to use film and that a similar number, 67percent, in Europe responded in the same manner. The report also suggests that 68 percent of those sampled thought that film was preferable 'for certain' applications. The certain applications included a traditional photo look (well film is good at that!), capturing better exposure latitude, shadow and highlight detail.

Now this editor is something of an expert on statistics, having travelled and written on the topic the world over, and so we cobbled some statistics of our own. Amongst the award winners from the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year, featured in this issue, 44 images were made with Nikon Digital-SLRs, 45 with Canon Digital-SLRs. Apart from that there were a couple of Fuji D-SLRs and a Pentax, along with just three film cameras. Expressed as a percentage then, 3 out of 107, that is 2.8 percent, seemed to be using film. We have a term in statistics about whether two sets of data are saying the same thing - that term is 'improbable'.

This is the final issue before the holiday so may we take the opportunity of wishing you and your loved ones a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year - see you at the Convention!

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