Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
I was bored at work and thought I'd waste other people's bored time by writing something about why I love and hate film photography (desire to write this spawned by a recent event).
The lack of instant feedback. I am fine waiting on the final picture, but damn its nice to be able to check a histogram or LCD to see the quick results. Nice to retake (if possible) a picture when you see that you need to dial in -1.5ev comp or that you don't have your shutter speed synched to the flash.
Cannister constraints. I actually love loading film, but sometimes in the heat of things 36exp just isn't enough and stopping for 30 seconds to load a new roll is tedious (and when not in the middle of something is fun).
If an obsolete bayonet system, nothing is made for it anymore. EOS, Nikon F, etc you can just run out and buy a new lens when you want to (and have the money for it). The old systems its used only, and if only 2,000 of that lens were made for the camera, tough poop, you have to wait for one of the 2,000 people who bought one to be willing to sell it and hope they post it on ebay or through one of the used equipment dealers and that you happen to be looking for it at the time and happen to outbid or snap it up before someone else does. New, you just walk in to the fricken store and buy it.
Loves - Some of the systems (Olympus OM) is just fricken gorgeous, digital ain't got shit on the asthetics of some of the older camera systems.
All mechanical (well, some of them). We don't need no stinken battery power (okay the meter does, but one hearing aid battery lasts 3 months of heavy use, digital can't claim that).
Some of the glass is just wonderful. Sure lenses have generally been improving over the years, but some of the old glass is simply better then the new stuff, or at least lots of it. It also has a unique character that a lot of the new glass doesn't have.
Price. You can get some of this stuff of pennies on the dollar of what it was new and a fraction of the price of new stuff. This is what spurred me writting this (along with my hate of limited and used availability). I've been looking for a Sigma 14mm f/3.5 for an ultra wide since one slipped through my fingers (in Olympus OM mount, seems like only a very few were ever made for them). Well I came across a Sigma 21-35mm f/3.5-4.2 in great condition and the few reviews I found were from decent to glowing. I figured, why not pick it up, I don't have anything wider then 24mm right now and having an ultrawide zoom might not be a terrible thing sometimes even though I prefer primes.
Just picked it up for $40 ($50 with shipping). Where the hell can you get a digital ultra wide zoom for $40. Hell where can you get one for even $400.