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.

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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