Not admitting age (though my body tells me otherwise), but I no longer carry LF overnight (with "camping gear") into the backcountry, but I still use it on day hikes and of course anywhere else it doesn't need to be carried. I only carry 6X7 MF or digital P&S overnite now. I find there's almost no reason to carry LF great distances any longer, there's simply nothing I can't print to any logical size I wish with MF film (equipment). But honestly, I would rather hike with no image recording gear, than feel like I have to shoot any more film. 35mm no longer has any relevance for me. Digital surpassed its capabilities a long time ago, and if I want to include process in my photography, I'll use and enjoy larger film formats.
I'm not optimistic about "younger shooters" and film. Film will only become more and more boutique. IMO film is now an alternative process. Most people (creators and viewers of imagery) are only concerned with the final image, not process. I look at it this way. I've never shot on, nor have I ever coated my own glass plates, or fumed metal to obtain an image. Its just the way things are. If you care about an image making process, then pass it on. People will find it, when they are ready, if ever.
I personally don't care whether a movie is shot on nitrate, safety film, color, B/W, or digitally. All I really care about is whether there is a compelling story and characters I can identify with. It's the same with photography. If the picture tells a compelling story, it doesn't matter much to me how it was made, filmed, painted, sculpted, etc.
Do what makes ya happy.
Last edited by ROL; 04-23-2012 at 01:24 PM. Click to view previous post history.