In the midst of crazy new camera technology like this:
I find myself going backwards. Someone gave me an old Canon AE-1 film SLR and it might be my new favorite camera. Ever.
There's something magical about film. I own a very nice digital rangefinder which challenges me and makes me slow down and think. Shooting film takes it to the next level. Knowing that I only have a limited number of exposures and that I'm basically spending a little bit of money with every shutter button press is intoxicating. Not being able to see immediate results actually makes me worry less and obsess less over whether or not the shot is perfect. It actually gives me this good feeling of wonder and anticipation. Importantly, it actually motivates me to shoot more.
Then there's the moment the film gets developed and you get it back. It's like being a kid on Christmas morning! It's this magical moment when you get to relive 36 snapshots of time. Seeing each photo for the first time, no matter how good or how bad, is a delight. I've never felt this way about seeing a digital photo for the first time on the back of a camera.
Another bonus is that I don't have to post-process anymore! I've been surprised that film has so much dynamic range and a lot of resolution when scanned. If exposed correctly, there seems to be lots of detail in shadows and highlights. And no more film simulation presets... it's actual Kodak Portra 400!
Any other film shooters out there? I'd like to know more about which film stocks I should try out. One thing I have yet to explore and know very little about is how to "push" or "pull" film. I'd like to experiment with that as well.