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Here is an article in PhotographyMonthly relating to film photography that includes me giving my option as to whether film photography should still be taught at school as part of photography courses.

I am a huge fan of film photography, both 35mm film and medium format film.  I use various film cameras including a Leica M2, Leica M3, Voigtlander Bessa R3A, Nikon FM, Yashica MG-1, Fujica GS645, Fuji GF670, ARAX-CM, Kiev 88, Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Moskva-5 and some other 35mm cameras.  I develop my own black and white film at home using the Rodinal semi-stand development method.

Film cameras are basically a light box.  If you pick up an old film camera there will only be three things you can adjust on the camera, well two if the camera has no light meter.  (1) aperture on the lens and (2) shutter speed on the camera.  The third decision to be made is what film speed to use.  The ISO rating on the film then gives a fixed ISO rating until the film is finished.  That means once film is loaded you only have aperture and shutter speed to consider.  A light meter gives you the required aperture and shutter speed setting for a  correct exposure and then you can leave the camera in those settings and enjoy composing and taking your images (assuming the light level does not change).  Film also has a limited number of frames per roll so it makes you slow down and consider each photo before pressing the shutter.  As a result when shooting film I normally get a higher percentage of keepers than when using my digital Leica.

Photography Monthly Article

Sample images

35mm black and white film

Voigtlander Bessa B&W Film Portrait

6×6 medium format film

GF670 Kodak Moment

6×7 medium format film

Mamiya RZ 67 + Kodak Ektar



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