Interesting thread. I'm 46, and have been shooting since I first took a photography class in high school. I showed up to the first day of class with a Kodak Instamatic, feeling a bit self conscious among a sea of SLRs in the hands of my classmates. I was fortunate to have a teacher who valued making good photographs over gear, and his enthusiasm and commitment to the craft remains with me to this day (and we still keep in touch).

The main reason I remain drawn to film is simply that I prefer the aesthetic look of photographs taken on film and printed optically. Another reason is that, at least to me, a film camera feels more responsive in the hand. It takes what I want, exactly when I want. Finally, I spend all day in front of a computer, and the last thing I want to do when home is to spend yet more time in front of the screen.