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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 comments on “Why Film Cameras?

  1. helenbriggsyork
    May 30, 2014

    Totally agree! 🙂

  2. rolleigirl
    May 31, 2014

    Good points and nice images!

  3. Jade Photography
    June 14, 2014

    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. 🙂

  4. Jade Photography
    June 14, 2014

    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. 🙂

    • eddietay
      June 15, 2014

      Oh yes, fellow practitioner! It’s about being in the zone.

  5. [Gm]
    June 22, 2014

    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 :-).

    • eddietay
      June 22, 2014

      Yup, film can be a hassle when you factor in processing and scanning…

  6. jarch21
    July 1, 2014

    totally agree. Long live film. To its spirit, mistakes and personality 🙂

    • eddietay
      July 2, 2014

      Long live film and street photography!

      • jarch21
        July 5, 2014

        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 😦

      • eddietay
        July 5, 2014

        I’ve got a solution – come to Hong Kong!

      • jarch21
        July 5, 2014

        Haha would love too! Hopefully soon 🙂

  7. forwardgaetano
    July 2, 2014

    I agree 100 percent. The only problem is devoleping film is a dying art. 😦

  8. himevn
    July 6, 2014

    I miss Hong Kong by your pictures!

    • eddietay
      July 6, 2014

      You’ll have to find your own “street”, wherever you are.

  9. jgarrott
    July 6, 2014

    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.

    • eddietay
      July 6, 2014

      Given that you’re viewing the images on a computer screen, film photography is in the end a hybrid process these days…

    • eddietay
      July 6, 2014

      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.

  10. Skyscapes for the Soul
    July 8, 2014

    Totally agree on the colors thing. I still shoot film to paint from; only snag is it costs so much to develop….

    • eddietay
      July 8, 2014

      Yup – colors are ‘off’ yet somehow authentic. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. thef4phantom
    July 8, 2014

    I look at my SLR and I want to cry, but I think I’ll put it back in commission.

    • eddietay
      July 8, 2014

      Yes – film cameras are fantastic!

  12. dbailey56
    July 12, 2014

    Well spoken.. there are so many reasons we still love our film cameras and the work they produce/

    • eddietay
      July 12, 2014

      Yes! It’s simply more satisfying.

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