Multiple times, friends of mine have said something like "we have a real nice film SLR in the back of the closet. It's really nice. Always took great pictures. We haven't used it in years/decades, though, since it's a film camera". I always tell them to dust it off and shoot some pictures with it; even offer to give them a couple rolls of film and develop it for them. They never take me up. I must be some kind of weirdo, suggesting that they seriously shoot film pictures, you know, they way they did for most of their lives, before digital cameras became cheap 10 years ago. My in-laws gave me their old 35mm cameras. One of them is my glove-box camera. When I visit, and they have occasion to use the camera that used to be theirs, they usually say something like "man, I loved this camera" Loved? Why did you stop loving it? It still works. I still use it. I don't understand it. And then today on craigslist I saw someone selling an ME Super, and they made a point of saying "This camera has been in the family for years, and still works perfectly. It sounds like a precision handgun when you fire it. A great camera". That ME Super works perfectly, the same as it did 15 years ago when they were using it for what it was made for. Why don't they still use it? Why are they selling it? I once went to a Wolf camera with my friend who was carrying a F100. The old guy behind the counter made fun of him for shooting a film camera. "Film is dead!" he said, while fondling the F100 pornographically. He told us stories about how great a camera it was and how much he loved his, and how many great pictures he took with it, before he went digital. My friend had to basically pull it out of his hands like someone pulling a fix away from a junkie. "Too bad film died", the man behind the counter mumbled nostalgically and wandered off. I took a camera to the skatepark once. A guy noticed it and started talking about how he used to shoot for magazines "back in the day". He told me it was the coolest thing in the world to have a Nikon with a motor drive for shooting sequences. You could still shoot black and white and get published even into the 2000's. He said he still has the film gear, somewhere. I asked him if he ever shot it and he said no. I asked why, and he said "it's a digital world now". What does that mean? 5 seconds ago he was enthusiastic about film. Mentioning that he could still shoot it, even in 2011, is a conversation-ender. Why? Why does it seem like people can understand how great film and film cameras are, but seem unable to shoot it themselves? What causes them to acknowledge that film and the era when film was king "was" great? What causes the idea that film and film cameras "were" impressive tools that are fun to use and effective? Why do they still think that but don't shoot film? Is it embarrassing? I do understand professionals who were forced to digital with the rest of the industry being nostalgic for film...but why should regular people be? The cameras still work. They still have them. You can still buy film. I don't understand the mindset of "I liked to do X, I can still do X, there is nothing stopping me from doing it now, but I don't do it, and I miss it". It seems to be a strange type of disconnect between what they think and what they do, kind of like cigarette smokers who claim they want to quit when there's nothing stopping them.