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For the masses of family shooter it is not cost that made digital so widely accepted. It was instant gratification of seeing the photo right after it was taken. If we were a society based on saving money and reducing cost we would be much further along today.

I think cost and instant gratification is intertwined. If it was just instant gratification, then polaroid would still be popular. People will take hundreds of shots because they can instantly see the results. Out of all those shots, they'll get a few prints made. With film, they may find only 4 good photos out of 24 and they didn't get a good one of any important event. I'm guessing many people think about the costs each time they change a roll of film.

Personally, the instant results allow me to make adjustments. I'm not a professional so I don't automatically know the proper ISO, shutter speed, aperature or other settings with each shot. I'll take a shot, look at the results and make adjustments. If this was film, I'd need to write down each setting in a notebook and then match those settings up when the film is developed. It is an expensive way to learn.

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