When digital cameras began to take over the picture-taking market in the late 1990s, it seemed as if the 35mm film format might take a permanent leave of absence. But now, four decades after the invention of the very first digital model, film devotees are still going strong, providing a vigorous aftermarket for the 35mm film and camera batteries that are necessary to continue using the real deal.
There are many reasons people still use real film cameras, including superior tone (sure Lightroom and similar programs can allow you to modify pictures but it’s not the same as the natural outcome offered by a Kodak), a higher dynamic range – which affects that tonality, and real, hard copy photographs that cannot get lost on ruined hard drives.
Whatever your reason for using “old-fashioned” cameras that take that signature brown and shiny, perforated 35mm film along with camera batteries to keep it clicking, you can breathe easy knowing you can still find just what you need to feed your hobby. And if you need the camera too, the sassy, bright blue Vivitar CV50 35mm Motorized Auto Flash Camera comes with 35mm film and camera batteries pre-loaded right inside. Or you can stock up just on film with the Fujifilm Superia 800 Speed 24 Exposure 35mm Film – 4 Pack.
Whether you keep the film for yourself or give it as a gift to a millennial who probably has no idea what this funny little tube is for, you’re sure to find the ISO and exposure count you need. The day hasn’t come – yet – when this traditional photography accessory is unavailable. That day may yet arrive so be sure to grab extra 35mm film and camera batteries so that you’ll be able to enjoy your preferred photography method for years to come.