Why Film Cameras?

1. Because of the colors.

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2. Because you could visit the past and re-open closed doors.

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3. Because they’re a good investment – digital cameras have built-in-obsolescence but film cameras are built to last.

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4. Because they’re perplexing.

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5. Because what appears wrong can be right.

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6. Because what appears right can be wrong.

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7. Because film photography has a different flavor.

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8. Because everyone else is using digital and I’m just being stubborn.

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9. Because it’s another life.

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10. Because of their rugged beauty.

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28 thoughts on “Why Film Cameras?

  1. You’ve put it so simply and eloquently.

    Watching the streets with the mind of the street photographer is a meditative state, you have to be in the present moment and you have to accept the scene as it is. You can become a part of it, or you can feel ‘yourself’ dissolve as you give your focus over to the world around you. With the simple goal of ‘capturing’ a fleeting moment, you become liberated to simple Be. πŸ™‚

  2. Reblogged this on Jade Photography and commented:
    You’ve put it so simply and eloquently.

    Watching the streets with the mind of the street photographer is a meditative state, you have to be in the present moment and you have to accept the scene as it is. You can become a part of it, or you can feel ‘yourself’ dissolve as you give your focus over to the world around you. With the simple goal of ‘capturing’ a fleeting moment, you become liberated to simple Be. πŸ™‚

  3. I guess film is just too expensive for me. I saw a lot of posts on the net that say otherwise (digital is more expensive in a long run), but for a stingy person like me, having to buy and process film regularly felt like an expensive hobby :-(…

    You mentioned a lot of great points. But, I’ll stick with digital for now :-).

      1. Yes. Lucky it is so very affordable where you are. I buy my film on ebay from Hong Kong. Sadly stuck with the expensive processing in Aus 😦

  4. Having been, at different times, both a photo lab technician (B/W only, but in considerable depth, back in the early ’70s) and a portrait photographer (color only, for a directory company, a little later in the ’70s) not to mention college photographer in the late ’60s and freelance work of all sorts in the years since, it has been a real wrench to transition to complete digital, but I don’t think I’d go back. I do miss all the little tricks I could do in processing and in the printing process, but so much is possible in the computer. It’s just a completely different skill set.

    1. And for me, quality film cameras will never be obsolete the way that digital cameras will be… though I’m tempted by a few recent ones that seem to be made for the street.

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