I was getting into photography at the dawn of the digital revolution so I never really shot much film aside from a little on the Ricoh film SLR that my father had, and a crappy pocket 35mm film camera that I had in college. After that I had digital point and shoots and finally got started with DSLRs in 2006. The more I read and learn about film though, the more I couldn't help but think I was missing something. Sooo.... I pulled the trigger the other week and bought a used Nikon F100 with a grip for next to nothing, loaded some film into it, slapped my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D lens on it and just picked up the scans and set of 5x7" prints from Costco today. Shot with Ilford B&W XP2 Super 400 C41, courtesy of the person that sold me the F100. This was really just a functional check of the F100 more than anything, but holy heck I managed to get 7 or 8 keepers on a 36 exp roll. That's better than I do on digital! :lmao: Now compare those with one recent portrait using my Nikon D40 and Nikkor 17-55 DX f/2.8 lens, shot at 55mm, f/4, iso400. Lovely color shot, but I dunno. The film has a richness and texture that the digital just isn't matching. Even my wife and my mother-in-law saw the B&W's and were like 'ooooooooooohhh, that's nice!' The digital looks "too processed" and synthesized and the skin just looks plasticy. There's no texture or "feel". And just eyeballing it, the dynamic range of the B&W film is huge. Some of these photos I would have been fighting highlight blowouts like crazy on digital. Anyways a lot of this is pretty subjective, but I really like the look and feel of film and am going to shoot more of it. Next up I have a couple rolls of Fuji 400 Superia, 100 Reala, and some 100F Velvia E6 slide film. Going to the beach in about two weeks and I think I'm going to get some slower speed finer grain B&W film. I really like the B&Ws so far. BTW it cost a whopping $2.99 to develop and burn the 36 exp roll to CD at Costco, and $5.85 for a set of 5x7" prints. Next time I'll probably skip the prints and just go with the CD only since I did some minor editing to all of these. Oh the D40 and 17-55 shot was straight off the camera.