Back to the Future (Film is King, for now..)

I’ve gone completely back to film… Yup, I don’t even own a digital SLR camera anymore! I sold my entire digital kit (except for one small point and shoot digi for vacations and such) in order to help me get out of debt, one of my current goals.

Some people say that shooting film is expensive but I found (or maybe, re-found) the cheapest way to do it:

  1. Buy a cheap but handy SLR film camera, manual is good. Maybe this will cost you around $190 with a 50mm lens.
  2. Roll your own film using bulk film and old film canisters. You can use a bulk loader like a Watson.
  3. Rodinal or “Blazinal” as it’s know as in Canada, is a super cheap, fairly high grained developer for B&W film. I used to use it and loved. I don’t know why I had forgotten about it. For about $15 you can develop about 100 rolls of film due to its 1:50, 1:100, or 1:200 dilution.
  4. Use plain water as PhotoStop.
  5. Scan your negs with a middle ground ($200) scanner. Drink coffee while you do this, it will take a long-ass time. Hey, maybe you could write a blog post while you do that.. ;)

So there you have it folks. I’m not getting shit faced drunk until my 40th, and I’m not buying a digital camera until then neither! To think of all the advancements in digital that have taken place in the last ten years makes my head spin. In fact, I think I bought my Nikon D70 in 2004. It had a 6MP resolution and costed more than a Canon 7D (17 MP + HD slow mo video) does today!!! My Nikon FM was born the same year as me and is still taking amazing pictures today. Rrrrrranntah!

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