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While digital photography has pretty much become ubiquitous with the
use of prosumer/professional DSLRs, point and shoot digital cameras as
well as integrated on smartphones and other devices such as tablets,
film cameras which shoot in 35mm, medium and full frame formats are
still being used by amateur and professional photographers, simply
because of the large investment in equipment, accessories and lenses
that fit those cameras and cannot easily be moved to newer systems.
There is also a certain aesthetic and artistic preference that film
photographers have to analog photography, particularly as it relates
to portraits and longer-exposure photographs.
And while digital cameras at the professional level are now more than
capable of exceeding the detail level of 35mm, medium and full frame
format film -- at 30 megapixels and higher, these cameras are still
quite expensive, so photographers working in these formats are not
likely to switch over unless there is a cost benefit or a significant
advantage (portability, miniaturization, etc) to moving over, or until
the film manufacturing industry itself goes completely belly-up.
This has already happened for one type of popular and iconic film
format , Kodachrome, which had its last canisters of film developed in
While analog instruments are still very much part of our music
culture, and there's no indication that they are going to go away
anytime soon, perhaps even for decades -- the synthesizer, for the
most part, has gone completely digital.
But that wasn't always the case. The analog synthesizer -- popularized
by companies like Moog and keyboardists like Ray Manzerek and
composers like Wendy Carlos (the trans-gender recording artist that
created the soundtrack for the Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange
and Switched on Bach) was a big part of the rock and roll revolution
of the late 1960s and 1970s.
While Moog and other analog synthesizers are still being made in
limited amounts, and older instruments are being maintained/restored
in working order because of their historical significance or collector
value, they are primarily only being used for "vintage" rock sounds
that cannot easily be reproduced by digital-sample type synthesizer
equipment. At some point in the near future, their use will probably
Today, most printed office documents are printed using laser or inkjet
printers. But before these two technologies became commonplace, there
was impact/daisywheel (think automated typewriter) and dot-matrix.
Dot Matrix printing uses sprocket-fed perforated stacks of paper which
are imprinted with text and graphics line-by-line using an electronic
printer head that uses heated pins to form the image of each character
against an inked cloth ribbon.
The action of moving the head back and forth across the ribbon is
extremely noisy, and the quality of the print is extremely low when
compared to even the lowest-cost ink jet printer or even a classic
typewriter or impact printer.
While these printers have largely become obsolete, they still have
limited applications in ATM machines and cash registers, as well as in
certain other vertical market systems that need to do multi-part forms
like bank tellers, auto repair shops, and car rental agencies.
Naturally, these electromechanical printing devices are much more
expensive to produce than ink jets.
However, within 10 years or perhaps even less, these systems are
expected to conform to more commodity printing technologies.