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?

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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

Sanctity of Light (Hopetoun Falls, Australia) – Film