My name is Frank Lehnen, I live in Luxembourg, Europe.
Born in ’63, balding and desperately clinging to my film photography. No digital camera has been able to give me the same feeling and satisfaction as those beautiful, massive film cameras.
When I was young I longed for an Olympus OM1 or 2, but could never afford one. Now I can buy them for a pittance, have them cleaned and lubed and use them daily.
Those cameras will be around for many years (some are even being made today), and film is slowly on the rise again.
A lot of films were discontinued, but the remaining offerings are plenty, and we regularly hear news of factories reopening, film being remade – The Impossible Project and Ferrania are key examples.
Lomography, though often derided as cheap cameras sold to hipsters for large sums of money, contributed a lot to the little renaissance of film!
Don’t get too excited, though! Film is and will remain a niche market. Film is relatively expensive to use, unless you develop yourself. But if you take into account the price of the cameras, the devaluation of digital stuff and the need/urge to replace your digital cameras ever so often you’ll see that film is not that expensive.