And thanks to everyone for the warm welcome.
I've got to admit that the last digital camera I had was a while back, a Canon Powershot G2, which I liked, but the shutter lag was bothersome for portraiture. I'm sure there is more suitable equipment out there now, but I just haven't kept up with it.
Slowing down is one of the things I appreciate at this point in my life. This after 25 years as a software engineer, a good part of that time developing equipment for the Internet during the early to mid '90s. Quite a hectic pace, kinda burned out on technology. Now I do masonry for a living, hard work, but a better lifestyle overall.
I like the simplicity of the F3, like framing through the high eyepoint viewfinder (very nice for those of us who still wear glasses), like not having a zillion buttons, icons, options to choose from. After all this time I can pretty well guess at shutter and aperture settings, before even reading the meter, and manual focusing gives me the precision I need (always focus on the eyes, one of my instructors told me way back).
As far as film goes, mainly I feel better about having negatives for the original, and it gives me the option to use the darkroom somewhere down the line, though I don't really expect to get back into that anytime soon. Might though. I used to do all my own film developing too, take good care of the negatives in any case, and any dust or scratches are easily taken care of in photoshop, And I'm a pretty selective shooter, don't run through a whole bunch of film in a given shoot anyway.
Mostly I just like the slower more deliberate pace, and the connection with the past, Newton, Farber, Salgado, too many to name. Hope film will always be an option, but unfortunately it's days are probably numbered. Sad we so easily give things up like that, always going faster and faster, and where does it get us?