I mentioned in the 'Tour Camera' thread that I'm thinking of taking a film camera next time I go on tour. This actually represents a general move in my photography. Although I've owned two dslr's I've made a conscious effort over the last three years to switch back to film, and have been very pleased with the results. There are several reasons for this. I've been a photography fanatic for more than 30 years and thus 'grew up' with film but in recent years I began to notice that a much higher proportion of the pictures I took were pretty uninteresting. After much thought I realised that the main reason for this was automation: using zoom lenses and fully auto digital cameras meant that I was no longer thinking as much about what I was doing. With a zoom lens I wasn't looking for the best angle, I was just zooming in and out until I was there or thereabouts; I was letting 'program' exposure do the hard work; and I was exploiting the fact that I could put hundreds of shots on a big CF card to just keep clicking away until I got a picture that was 'acceptable'. A switch to mostly using mechanical, manual-focus film cameras has resulted in a much higher proportion of 'keepers'. Secondly, like all good photography geeks, I enjoy the process. I develop and print my own B&W and like fiddling around with different formats, chemicals and techniques to get the look I want. Similarly, I'm into home brewing and breadmaking, and also used to hand-load my ammunition when I shot classic pistol: I need to feed the inner nerd! I'm also a bit of a collector. I have a ludicrously large number of cameras and while I use most of them regularly, there are a couple that tend to sit on the shelf for long periods. Even so, Über-high quality film cameras are ridiculously cheap at present and will I suspect, be a reasonable investment. There has already been a 'bounce' in secondhand medium format camera prices. Finally, I've got a strong suspicion that digital pictures won't last as long. Hard-drives crash and CDs and DVDs turn out not to be as archivally stable as everyone once thought they were. I've got all my negatives and slides going back to the late 70s, a lot of my parents' negs back to the '50s and some of my grandparents negs back to the 1920s, all of which are printable or scannable. It isn't beyond the bounds of possibility that a lot of RAW formats will be unreadable in ten years from now as manufacturers fall by the wayside. Of course, digital is much more convenient than film and there is no longer a huge difference in quality, but those are my reasons.