Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park, September, 1988
( 4 x 5 Tachihara camera, 120 mm lens , T-Max 100 )
With film, there are some drawbacks: only a set number of images that can fit on the roll of film, usually up to 36 exposures with 35mm film, less with 120 size film, or 2 while using a large format sheet film holder, film basically has one ISO setting specified for the roll or sheet, although that can be changed, its more difficult with roll film. The lag time between making the image and waiting for the film to be developed can be long. Despite all that, I still don't mind shooting film, I quite enjoy pulling my freshly developed film out of wash to see "what I got".
There is a philosophical side to the whole debate too, with film there is the challenge to think things through a bit more carefully before clicking the shutter, I feel it helps me to evaluate the scene more closely as to what I am about to make a picture of. I tend to shoot less "random" images that I'm not sure why I made them in the first place. There is the association between the subject, what the photographer sees in his or her mind and the kind of instrument used to make that image, sometimes the inspiration is to use a film based camera or a digital camera.
I have shot with many digital cameras over the years, starting with the Nikon D1H, back in 2001, these days I shoot with a Nikon D300, the image quality its far better than anything I could have produced with a film camera. I also use the Fuji X10, a great little camera, I take it with just about everywhere.
I also enjoy using various film cameras from my old 35mm Leica III ( c. 1936 ) to my 4 x 5 view film camera often referred to as "large format" not because I think the view camera is better than digital, but because I find it's a unique and fun camera to use, I can't think of any digital equivalent, and its been around for so long historically, it always seem to have a few ardent followers ( like myself ), I find it very enjoyable looking and composing on the large rear focusing screen, its seems so simple and yet mystifying at the same time that this image just appears, abet upside down and backwards, in all its glory, its even more rewarding when I have found a beautiful image to capture.
It really is all about the final image, whether is made with film or digital, what does matter is the final image, happy shooting everyone !