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I struggle to want to shoot in colour now.
I dislike the ease of autofocus.
Photoshop isn't as rewarding as developing.
8x10 prints are cheap and gorgeous.

The only con is the price of chemicals and film
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Build a small darkroom and shoot digital and film.

Hobby it up.
    
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public darkroom ftw.

that was my original plan for film....but i got bit by the 4x5 bug....so the cost of the camera and film has kept me from buying a 4x5 view camera.
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This is why reputable labs still exist. If a personal darkroom is logistically impossible, find a good lab, build a relationship with the people that won it and reap the benefit. Good labs are like good local bike shops -- few and far between, but excellent.
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If you are lucky you might have a dedicated camera shop close by that still process and scans 120 and 35mm film. Nothing beats being able to tell the person who is going to process the film that you want to pull a stop on the roll and leave it uncut.

As for Autofocus, some dslr have a way to put it manual focus mode, where it switches off the motor and displays a symbol of some type in viewfinder when it thinks you are focused correctly.

Film camera wise if you are lucky you don't own a Canon DSLR system since if I remember correctly, and I may be wrong here and too lazy to google it, their lens are not compatible with most of their film bodies and that means you need to reinvest in new lens for canon film bodies. If you shoot Nikon most lens are compatible with a good portion of the used film cameras they made in the past the thing to remember is that it can't be a dx lens or marked with a G.

I keep two cameras in my bag my Nikon D2h which is an old beast of a camera that I can used in self defense and a crappy Nikon FM-10 which is lightweight made mostly of plastic, is completely mechanical, and use any AI lens or newer so long as they are not G series. After buying the Fm-10 new in 2005 I still haven't changed the batteries since they are only used for the light meter, while the focusing, Fstop selection, shutterspeed, and ISO film speed selection is done by hand.
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This is why reputable labs still exist. If a personal darkroom is logistically impossible, find a good lab, build a relationship with the people that won it and reap the benefit. Good labs are like good local bike shops -- few and far between, but excellent.
I already own a darkroom in my house (My dad used to be a semi-professional a long time ago) so I'm all set up. I just find film photography so much more rewarding when you get a beautiful picture. The fact that you brought it from stage one to the print is really rewarding.

And yeah your quote, so true.
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