Many, MANY moons ago when I started in photography, I was shooting Velvia slide film. I was just learning and it was great. Then the whole digital thing kicked in and I thought that that was cool so I went digital. A few years after that, I had the opportunity to take a course on how to use a large format camera.
I fell in love.
By the end of the class, I actually owned a 4×5 Toyo view camera. What I loved about it was that it slowed everything down. I actually had to know how Sunny-16 worked. I actually had to learn how to use a light meter. And because of the price of materials, I actually had to really want to snap that shutter.
Today, I own three 4×5 cameras.
Then yesterday, after a 7-month journey of looking for parts, my Grandfather’s Leica SL finally came back home; fixed, cleaned, and meter calibrated. I have some old 35mm film in my fridge that I will run thru the camera this weekend to make sure all’s well (I am sure it is).