Originally Posted by Marin
Body doesn't matter for IQ with film unless it's completely rubbish. Anyways, digital will be superior IQ wise since 35mm on a flatbed is nowhere near sharp. You're pairing a tiny format with a scanner that has fixed focus. Going higher end with the flatbed scanner slightly improves it but will never cause it to match digital.
Now if you go the route with higher end scan methods like drum scanning or Hasselblads Flextights then film will be better in some ways, especially when you go with any of the larger formats since digital is barely touching upon it (largest sensor available for consumers is 645 which is pretty meh).
I am a strong proponent of digital as well but I have to disagree as far as IQ goes, certainly 35mm on a bad flatbed will produce bad results, but then so would a digital barbie camera. Going to a higher end flatbed (such as an Epson V700) does not slightly improve the quality, it makes it on par with professional DSLRs, this is with all things considered such as exposure/developing correctly/etc. I had 35mm film blown up to fifty inches that blew a lot of fellow students digital work away. The issue is that there are a lot more variables going from image taken to finished print if you go analog-digital including scanning technique, damaged negatives, even just non-flat negatives can cause headaches.
Digital certainly has a far easier (and often times less expensive) workflow, but I'd say the IQ is about equal or better with film.
and I second getting whatever body you want, doesn't matter too much unless you're shooting sports and need a motor. If not, spend the good money on great manual focus lenses nikon has to offer
as well as film dev costs
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