There are still some of us that still remember them; film cameras. Some of us still have them. Not that this is a bad thing by any means. At least not until that camera has been sitting in a box for decades and you doubt you will ever pick it up again. At that point it becomes an annoyance. What to do with that hold film camera now that the love is gone? With me it never will, but there are people out there at sell their old cameras
The first thing these people should do, if your equipment is particularly old, to check to see if it has any value beyond what you assume it is worth. Most of us rate non-digital camera gear pretty low. Often that is true. A quick check of past sales on eBay or other sites will let you know if there is any value to the camera beyond bargain basement prices. If you haven’t stumbled upon a lost, rare, vintage piece of equipment, you might want to…
The (somewhat) quick and easy answer is to sell the camera. eBay, many secondhand trading websites exist all over the planet and I won’t attempt to name them all. They are a great way to reuse old equipment and avoid it going straight into the landfill. Don’t expect to take your next vacation with the funds, but taking your mates out for a pint might be a nice way to celebrate. Or maybe it will buy two more loads of clean clothes at the laundromat. Either way, it beats leaving it in a box which you may have to move some day, at which time you wonder, “Why do I still have this thing?”
If you’re like me I am a collector, I have more camera than I know what to do with. I know. There are competitions which hearken back to one of film photography’s big limitations compared to digital; number of exposures. I’m thinking here of the one run by Morton Rand-Hendriksen in Vancouver, Canada. Each year he holds a competition where each contestant is given a 12 exposure roll of film and each hour a new topic is revealed. It puts your photo skills to the test because there’s no LCD display! Gasp! You have to understand your camera’s metering system and know beforehand how shots will come out. No, there’s no instant gratification and you turn your film in (and get to see the images printed and on display in a gallery later). But it is a fun way to test your mettle and meet some new friends.
It is not crazy at all to use a film camera if you’re like me I feel enthusiastic about it! I have a collection of 100’s of film cameras still and movie. You should be aware about expenses of using it – buying films, processing, scanning, printing and etc.