Why I still love film…..

In a nutshell….

I love my Ricoh GR1s. It rides comfortably in my pocket and is instantly available when a photo opportunity pops up.

Unlike digital, I can drop the roll of film off at the local supermarket photo counter when I start shopping, pick it up when I get ready to pay for my groceries at the check out, and review the pictures in my easy chair that evening when I’m ready.

I don’t have to mess with any cables or cards, download anything, or even start my computer if I don’t feel like it. The freedom to enjoy my pictures without worrying about technology is so nice.

That’s why I love my film……now it’s your turn…tell me why you still like film….!




About filmcamera999

ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 years...my first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money back...no arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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16 Responses to Why I still love film…..

  1. MartyW47 says:

    Film is the best part of pudding, that dark cover over top of concentrated flavor with just a touch of chewiness to it… Yum! Oh wait, your asking about photographic film. I think film still captures the nuances of pictures better than digital though for a beginning amateur like me, I’m still getting a handle on my digital camera… But I’m still planning on eventually going to film as well…

    • hey, marty!
      yes indeed…digital has its place, too….i always use digital now before i plan any street shooting…as a way of a recce i suppose….its quick and easy…but when it comes down to the actual shoot, then thats when my film camera comes out!

  2. alfabetaim says:

    You’re lucky with the supermarket. I have to drop the film off at one of the few places in town that still deals with the stuff, and wait two days to get an envelope of prints of variable quality plus a CD with scanned files of the negs. Now with these, I can get down to work and extract the quality from the film… digitally πŸ™‚

    • yeah…we have a great supermarket! but i will be the same as you, if one day, heaven forbid, the supermarket closes down! nevertheless, film never fails to please me…i guess i grew up with the stuff, so its like a pair of old carpet slippers…comfortable, safe, blah, blah, blah…!

  3. Among many other things [quality being the obvious one], I believe it is still the safest and best way to keep an archive.
    Happy Thursday!! πŸ™‚

    • hi, marina…very very sad day today for me, im afraid…my dog got diagnosed with systemic lupus……:(

      • Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. What in the world is happening with autoimmune diseases and now they affect dogs too… However, because I am a proud owner of one (a light ‘cousin’ of lupus), I know there are many many ways to treat it, so I am sure your vet will know. If there isn’t a doctor of internal pathology for dogs, maybe your vet could cooperate with one. I hope you find the perfect treatment and soon!

      • thanks for your words, marina….the vet put him on prednisolone…i think he said its a steroid…and sure enough, he’s a little better…even wagging his tail a little, whereas yesterday he didnt get up all day….but sad thing is that there is no cure for lupus..human or canine…so looks like my dog will be on steroids for the rest of his life….as long as he’s well enough again, i dont mind…

      • That is cortisone, used for most autoimmunes. I know it’s incurable but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be controlled. By the way reduce to minimum any salts and unnecessary sugar / bread treats [fluid and salt retention]. He’ll also need extra calcium, but your vet will tell you anyway… Give him a hug from me!

      • oh..thats very nice of you, marina!
        he’s only 4 yrs old and such great dog…has never ever harmed anyone…ok, when anyone unknown comes to the house, yes, he does bark, but thats his job! otherwise, he’s good as gold…everyone who sees him falls in love with him instantly…but this serves as a warning to us….we need to love him as much as possible, for dogs dont live very long…by the time you get really attached, they leave you….he’s a german shepherd…i think i posted a photo of him on the blog sometime…many thanks for the suggestions once again..

      • The secret recipe: exercise him a lot (for his bones, especially because of cortisone), feed him healthy stuff, do blood check ups often and finally (most importantly) give him lots of loves and he’ll live to be a 20yr old happy dog!

  4. iamamro says:

    I agree with what you say – only to add it’s impossible to get it developed locally (I don’t live in a big city – and I live in England) like it used to – I have to send film off to be developed. It’s not an ideal solution, but I manage. I just hope we don’t lose any more developing labs.

    • yes…i know what you mean! when i was there, i used to use several labs myself, but i hear almost all of the ones i used to use have long since closed down….a colleague of mine told me that DFP in Burnley, Lancashire is still running tho….

      • iamamro says:

        Oh that’s interesting. I live on the Lancs Coast. It was great – the supermarkets, Costco and Boots used go develop film – but no more. I send them off go Peak Imaging in Sheffield, who are very good and fast, but expensive! Sometimes you just want something cheap.

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