There's a tactility to film cameras and film photography that however good digital photography is just can't replace.
It's not just the final product, it goes deeper than that. It's the feel of the camera bodies, the resistance of the camera buttons, the metal of the lenses, the clunk of the shutter. It's the action of winding on each frame deliberately after taking the image and the history and nostalgia that film cameras seem to exude that makes it just so different to digital. It's not necessarily better, it's just different... and that's no bad thing.
You can't see the immediate results of what you've just taken a photograph of with film photography, that instant gratification doesn't exist. You can't take 12 different images of the same thing in the hope that you've caught the one you want, film cost whilst generally not as expensive as perceived, just doesn't really allow for that. Film photography slows you down, makes the exercise in taking photographs much more deliberate and makes you consider the environment around more thoroughly in search of the what you seek with your camera.
A little while ago I bought an Olympus OM10 film camera. Having tried a film through it and finding the light seals had eroded quite badly to the point where the film was pretty much ruined, I've since changed these and recently popped a film through it to check all is in working order.
Having shipped off the film for developing and getting the low res scans back, which, by the way, is such an exciting thing to download and look at to see how they came out, all looks good, and so my film photography renaissance can start once again!
Here's a few of the sample photographs taken on cheap Poundland film I used to test out the camera.
I've always loved photography, but in truth over the past couple of years taken it a bit for granted. I've chased digital camera bodies, lenses and other equipment and poured over the photographs I've taken in Lightroom and other processing applications to get "the look" I wanted and somewhere in all that feel I've kind of lost the real passion which is taking photographs. When I do take photographs it feels as if I'm not just looking for a moment or a subject, it feels like I have to take a photograph... and this has to change. It's time to change to bring back the enjoyment of photography.
From now on, all my personal work will be either with film or my trusty Fuji X100t. From now on it's all about looking to re-kindle a love affair that's been with me for such a long time and shooting with film is definitely going to help with that.