Digital photography is great, I love it, but recently I have been missing the challenge of film. Framing it right, focusing and exposing properly (or I hope anyway) and not being able to see right away if it has turned out the way I wanted it! Waiting a week or more to have the prints come back from the processing lab.
My old canon AE-1 is a great camera, takes wonderful images with only one tiny downfall....its manual focus, for some types of photography this is not an issue - for photographing children who squirm and just can't sit still not matter what posed quite the challenge. I went online and searched for a newer canon film camera and discovered the Canon EOS-1V! the word excited doesn't cover how I was feeling. It was a film camera used by pro sports and magazine photographers all over the world. It was compatible with my EOS 7D lenses!!! huge selling point there! I found one for sale and jumped at the opportunity to buy it.
Now a couple weeks later and a few rolls of film used up, I love it! So far my children, yard, neighbourhood and in-laws have been subjected to my new, film, auto-focusing, adventure (yes the auto-focus is a game changer). The film is not "pro quality" it's what ever I have been able to find still available at one or two stores in my community, but the prints, the grain and texture - it's wonderful.