I am having so much fun shooting film. These days I’m only picking up my digital cameras 10% of the time.

Last week I was at a local camera store and saw a Canon EOS 3 sitting on the shelf. This model came out in 1999 and was discontinued by 2007. It’s a film SLR camera. It has a beautiful viewfinder, feels great in your hand and works with all of Canon’s L-series lenses. Asking price: $99.

I handed the man my credit card for the camera and a battery and off I went.

I’m not sure how often I’ll use this camera to be honest. Probably just for the kids sports when I need something fast. But I couldn’t let this gem sit on the shelf. It may be discontinued but I’m keeping it alive. 

I hope film lasts forever

There are a variety of filters and presets on the market to help us get back that film look. Some of them are really quite amazing at turning our digital images into film like versions.

It’s particularly difficult to get a sense of digital vs film when squinting at images on our mobile devices. But on a big screen or better yet, on prints, film just feels alive.

These images won’t win any awards. They are just a bunch of photographs from a recent roll of film.

But getting back a roll and seeing them all brings back a bunch of memories from the past week — my son’s little league game when he pitched for the first time, a meal with the family, a walk by myself, a morning hike with our dog, and a cortado at the local cafe. Simple pleasures.

At the rate of digital improvement, I’m not sure how long we will have access to film and high quality photo labs.

But I do hope film lasts forever.