Over the past year I have shot with film. The first film camera i bought was a Canon AE-1 from an old man just looking to get some quick $. The Canon AE-1 is probably my second favorite camera.
It was actually pretty hard NOT to show my excitement and not wanting to reveal how much a canon AE-1 is actually worth. He sold it to me with the advance lever missing so I had to buy that on amazon. The good thing was he also has several lens adapters, a wide angel and a telephoto lens adapter. So ever since then it has been experiment after experiment shooting with film, 35mm film to be exact. Those first shots were very hard to judge and measure. I had NO idea about light metering, film speed, etc. I was very green. I didn't wanna give it up because when I first got my film developed, the pic was not measured right but it had this amazing feel, texture to it that was unlike anything digital. So ever since then I make sure I have some film rolls ready to go just in case. Even now I feel like a pro photographer as I have undeveloped film rolls laying around. I you are truly serious about photography then film is a medium that you are going to have to deal with. Don't be afraid of it and don't be quick to pass it off as an outdated style. It is truly an amazing and fun way to learn about aperture, shutter, focus….when you learn from film YOUR digital photography will benefit and your photos will show it. Trust me, i know just take a look at my first shots to my most recent shots. There is so much more I wanna do, I wanna try a Twin Lens Reflex camera with film, and my dream of trying a Leica with film (drool).
Recently I purchased a new (old) film camera. A Ricoh KR-5. It has a VERY different way of metering light so that was a little tricky to get used to. This camera came with a super zoom lens and an awesome 35mm lens. It is truly an amazing camera to use and I think the image quality is slightly better than the canon. I haven't really tried anything tricky with these cameras BUT I do have a shutter release chord which I wanna use to get some star trail photos on Film.
If you have any questions about film photography I will be glad to share any knowledge I have learned. Feel free to ask.