Why I have returned to Film Photography

Why I have returned to Film Photography

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A few years ago (like many other photographers) I sold my lovely medium format film cameras and accessories and went digital; a decision that after a short while I came to bitterly regret. I have since spent many hours in front of a screen labouring away in Photoshop and I even tried to get to grips with the difficult Lightroom software. No more! My digital camera is just not user friendly. It has taken some time but I have realised that digital has taken away the joy of photography for me, so I am about to embark on a voyage into the world of medium format film photography once again.

Because everyone rushed to digital there is plenty of good medium format camera kit available on eBay and from shops such as Phillip’s Cameras on Wensum Street in Norwich. Film is also readily available and the words,  Ilford FP4, Fuji Velvia and Kodak Ektra are like music to my ears. Silverprint used to be my main supplier and although they have moved from expensive London premises to the seaside at Poole (who could blame them), I am pleased to say they are still going strong. They supply film, photographic printing paper and chemicals. Processing and printing of film is also readily available via businesses with an internet presence.

I am pleased to say that I am now fully equipped and looking forward to getting down onto the North Norfolk Coast to start some real photography again.

I will keep you posted.

Update 19/04/17 – I have now acquired two 35mm SLR cameras, a Nikon FE and a Pentax K1000. In their day these cameras were state of the art and were firm favourites among professional photographers. They can now be purchased in mint condition via eBay for a song. I am looking forward to getting out and about with them this summer.

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