Okay, it seems that as every previous effort on this subject seems to have got sidetracked or hijacked and wandered widely off-topic, now may be a good time to start a new and dedicated thread.
This thread will hopefully become a place where anyone with a love of film cameras can come to share their enthusiasm, their knowledge, their experiences and to ask for advice on anything related to film photography.
All we ask is that we treat each other with civility and courtesy, and that we keep it free of "spam" such as notifications of used kit for sale.
Amazon forum rules specifically prohibit this last point, and as we're not paying the hosting fees we either keep to their rules or we risk forum bans or even thread deletion.
If we all "play nicely" and stick to the guidelines then with luck we can all continue to have a worthwhile resource and a pool of knowldege to dip into whether for reference, answers to a specific query, or just a chat!
Digital photographers are more than welcome to contribute, but please try and stay on topic.
Personally, I came to film via the digital route and I've found that what I've learned from film has improved my digital photography no end. Many times I use my Nikon D90 in manual mode now, which is something I would never have even contemplated a couple of years ago.
None of us here would dispute that Digital is the future commercially, and we're not in any way trying to assert any claim of moral or technical superiority of film over digital.
We all know of the existence of digital cameras. We probably all own some. Many of us film users also own and use modern DSLR systems, some professionally, to earn a living.
Don't think of us as Luddites, resisting the inevitable progress of digital, but just think of us instead as enthusiasts who still enjoy using the technology of a previous era for the sheer satisfaction and fun of it.
In much the same way as a modern car driver can still keep a classic in his garage for the sunny weekends, so we choose to retain our film kit alongside our modern "working tools". This thread is a way to help ensure that the knowledge gained from the old days does not die out, that's all.
If we are to keep this thread usable, please refrain from rising to the bait of the occasional clown who will try to post some deliberately offensive or controversial topic. It seems that this forum is largely unmoderated, so we cannot delete such posts unfortunately.
The only way in which we can prevent several pages of pointless bickering is by simply not responding to it in the first place. Thanking you all in advance for your help.
So, whether you're a 35mm fan, a Medium Format landscape God, a Lomographer or even someone who plays with pinhole cameras, you'll be assured of a warm welcome here.
Pull up a virtual chair, grab yourself a coffee and make yourself at home!
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