Here’s another comparison of digital (left) versus film (right) the same ship, taken 3 years apart. Which do you prefer in this case?
UPDATE: Based upon the early comments, I’ve completely reworked the digital image (see below).
Why? Because that was how I post-processed images three years ago. You can see my first post of the NS Savannah here, complete with the vignetting that was added in post.
What are all the differences? The ship, NS Savannah, is permanently berthed in Baltimore and is open to public tours just a couple of times per year. The digital image was taken on National Maritime Day 2013, when we arrived too late to participate in a tour. The film shot was taken on National Maritime Day 2016, as we were leaving from a day aboard the ship — at almost the same exact time as the digital shot three years earlier. Same type of overcast day, with much the same everything, except the TS Golden Bear and some smaller vessels were also berthed at the pier. Supposedly, the ship had some hull work done since 2013; the only difference I can see is that it’s leaning a slight amount to starboard in the film shot (you can see it if you look carefully).
Gear wise, the first shot was taken with a Sony NEX-5R and Sony 10-18mm F/4.0 zoom. According to the EXIF info the actual focal length was 17mm, which converts to a 25.5mm field of view (APS-C sensor equals x1.5 full-frame factor, so 17 x 1.5 = 25.5). The film shot was taken with a Leica M7 and Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4 lens, using Kodak Portra 400 film shot at 2+ stops, or 100 ISO. Oh, and the difference of the angle of view is due to the film shot being taken about 6 feet up and 10 feet to the rear of where the digital shot was taken three years before.
I know some of you are probably wondering about the full-frame versus digital crop factor, so here is the finished film shot without cropping.
And still others are probably wondering about shooting the Portra 400 at 2+ stops (effectively 100 ISO), so here is the original film image before applying any post-processing. Please note that the vignetting in the film shot is due to the lens and not added later in post.