It’s been about 2 months since I started film photography and I am madly in love with it. I bought my first Nikon FM2 SLR on 13th September and my second Rollei B35 Rangefinder on 13th November 2016.
My next goal is Rolleiflex or the Hasselblad medium format camera. Oh gawd, am I having Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S) here? I don’t think so. It’s a collection hobby different from wanting to upgrade to a better gear. Just like collecting stamps, you don’t call it G.A.S right? Of course, I am not a severe collector. I just hope to have one camera from one category and everything must be within my budget.
I am fascinated about film. The process of shooting film is beautiful. The moment when you first saw your products after 2-3 weeks of initial shoot is always anticipating. It’s like receiving a birthday present. However, not everyone, not even modern photographers themselves, appreciate film.
I was out shooting with a friend at Yung Kuang Road when one Indian worker came forward as he was curious about her dSLR and the photos we took. As a street photography enthusiast, I saw the potential of asking for a street portrait. I asked permission and he agreed expectantly. After that, he wanted to see the photo. So I said I was using film so I couldn’t show him. He was disappointed and said why don’t I use ‘that one’, referring to the dSLR my friend was holding. He added that film is not good, cannot see, and can only took 36 shots.
At that moment, I was speechless. I didn’t know what to reply. I am not a vocal person and I certainly do not have good persuasion skill. If I do, my blog would be famous because readers would be persuaded to read my blog. Haha!
To me, it’s just pointless to persuade or explain to someone who already have a fixed idea that digital is better and film sucks.
There was also another occasion where I met 2 photography friends. When I took out my Rollei b35, they were amazed at the cute, small size. But they gasped at the price, SGD400. Yes, I later found out that I was sold over-priced and I am still sad over my stupid decision. Don’t remind me.
Then, I ranted this to my colleague who is fond of film as well. She said, they just don’t understand the value that’s why they think it is not worth it.
Digital has taken over film, that’s undeniable. But digital can never replace the charm and beauty of film. At least there’s an increase in interest of film in recent years. Hence, film won’t die out so fast. So, if you are tempted to give film a try, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE. I promise you, the effort is worth it.