Why I Shoot Film, Part II

When I answered Astrid’s question on why I shoot film, I forgot one thing, and it’s been nagging me ever since. Okay, that’s not exactly true, but it’s still part of the equation. But I did want to keep the answer short, and the main reasons why I started shooting film are summed up pretty well. So, the missing link, you can guess what it is, right?

Of course I’m talking about the cameras. WIthout them you’d just have a roll of celluloid you can pull out in the dark and expose with a flashlight if you want. With digital you usually stick to one or two cameras, and play with lenses, if at all. You have a point and shoot and an SLR. Because let’s face it, there’s a lot to choose from, but in the end it boils down to little differences, and lenses of course.


With film, it’s a totally different story, and I’ve gotten to love the diversity film cameras from the last 5 decades have to offer. From twin-lens reflex, toy cameras, manual SLRs, to new fancy cameras. They’re all fun, and they have quite big differences, not only how they look but how they work and in the results they produce.

They all have their lovable and annoying quirks, but together with the right film it’s what makes them all fun in their own right. Obviously I only started out with one camera, but when you get a taste of what’s out there you want to try it all. You usually end up with a big collection of cameras like I do, but they’re all lovable, and they all get play time.


2 thoughts on “Why I Shoot Film, Part II

  1. That’s exactly what I love about shooting film. You get a camera body, put celluloid inside, and especially with the older cams, you can look at the insides of the camera body and figure out how things work. I started out with an analogue SLR. Because I liked the results so much, I got an analogue compact next, to carry it around with me all the time. After people heard I’m shooting film I got to try rangefinders, compacts, slrs toy cameras and whatnot. Now I have 7 or 8 analogue cams, all with their subtle differences and advantages. I usually carry one or two with me, and I love to pick the cam of the day that perfectly fits the situation.

    Picking film is a whole different story, though. As there are so many options, I usually carry to much. And concerning film types, there is still much for me to learn.

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