I like film much better too, but I never understood the worry about battery dependency. Our film cameras are dependent on film, too. So carry enough film. And if you need batteries, carry spare batteries. No brainer there.
My worry in that respect stems from the kind of trips I take - next one is ten days in a tent in Snowdonia. My other half has one of those digital jobs made by Nikon and though she follows your "no brainer" approach of copious supplies of batteries, half way into that period even the supposedly wonderful lithium-ion ones are suffering from what I take to be an internal discharge issue. The low temperatures associated with North Wales will undoubtedly not help her batteries, though they will be of benefit to my film reserves!
40. I use lab processing, but I have most of the necessary darkroom equipment, just havent had time to get involved. I have high end digital equipment and lenses, but only use that when I "have" to....for kid's plays, birthday parties, etc.
I'm 50, I have shot film for 46 years. (it runs in the family). I show a lot of color in my younger years but it never really turned me on. Came back to Black and White in the early 90's and it's been my main form of artistic expression since. I have used digital, but it simply doesn't have the overall feel I need.
49. Started with 135 mm film (obviously) in early 1980's. Mainly "vacation shots" until 5-6 years ago when I went digital (350D). Learned a lot with that! Now mix film and digital. Love old folders from 1930's/1950's and medium format as well large format. Love the CLA of old shutters and stuff. Do B/W and colour at home. Scan negatives for computer use. Occasionally let a lab print some large pictures. Always on the learning curve...
50. Started with a pocket tele-instamatic in 1976 and then graduated to a K-1000 in 1978. Did the college newspaper and all that sort of stuff. Have a freezer full of way-to-much film and have processed my own everything since the early 1980s. Lately have amassed a bunch of gear - wouldn't quite call it a collection. Digital is fine but just like film better. Printing about 50% analog and 50% scanned and inkjet - goes back and forth depending what my free time looks like.
Will be very sad if and when color negative film goes away. Still have the K-1000 and use it weekly. No idea what happened to the pocket instamatic.
All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.
55. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic for Christmas in 1964. I never really did much photography as a youth - I grew up in a poor rural area where acceptable male activities generally involved gasoline, gunpowder, alcohol, some kind of ball, risk of injury, or killing something. We had a short-lived camera club my senior year and we got to spend a whole 2 nights in the darkroom at a nearby college. A Pentax ME Super was the first luxury purchase my wife and I made with my first job out of college. We used it for family snapshots for years and never gave much thought to learning about photography. Then, around 1998 I became the unofficial photographer for our daughter's gymnastics team, using lab scans to create really bad 8x10 inkjets for the other parents. In '04 I had a consulting gig in San Francisco and wondered why my photos looked so bad compared to others I'd seen of that oh-so-photogenic city. That's when the bug hit, really hard. I eventually got disgusted with the digital half of the hybrid process and decided to take control from start to finish. That meant switching to B&W; getting an old, fully manual, MF folder; and pursuing a darkroom of my own. The darkroom doesn't exist yet, but the equipment is there in the basement, waiting.
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