After a 2 years period photographing almost exclusively with film, when I went to work in Angola in 2012, I had to put my film cameras in the shelf. For practical reasons, it was much easier to use just the digital cameras. Staying there for long periods and having weight limits for the luggage, my priorities were obviously the clothes, footwear and some medicines. It was out of the question taking with me film cameras, lenses, lots of film rolls, the tank and all the chemicals needed to develop the film.
This limitation ended up being positive, because it made me search a bit more about digital cameras and discovered the advantages of the mirrorless cameras. One day I'll write about this subject.
Still, I took a film camera with me and every time I came home for a short period, I went back to Angola with just a few rolls and different camera.
Regarding the film/digital discussion, my opinion is that, frankly, digital cameras are much more easy to use, produce better results, offer much more control over the image on the capture moment and allow endless possibilities in the post processing. Do I still use film cameras nowadays? Yes I use. Just because they are beautiful pieces of design and for the pure joy of loading a roll of film, having 36 exposures and the excitement of taking the film out of the developing tank and finally see the images.
That's it, period. I prefer not to enter into those endless discussions we see in the internet about film vs digital.
Over this 3 year period in Angola, I used mostly 2 cameras: the Minolta X700 and the Minolta Alpha 7. The Alpha 7 is the japanese version, called Maxxum 7 in the US and Dynax 7 in the rest of the world.
Apart from the obvious differences between the two: one was introduced in the year of 2000 and the other in 1983, one has auto focus and the other hasn't; these two cameras have 2 aspects in common: they are extremely well designed and robust.
They weren't my everyday camera, but they travelled a lot all over the country and behaved flawlessly.
If shooting film produces that anxiety of waiting until the development of the roll and the excitement of taking the film of the spool and confirm that the images were well exposed and developed, in this case, I had to wait months! But finally, when scanning the films, I felt that it was worth to wait and was a pleasure to revive the places where I have been, the magnificent and welcoming people I have met.
Most of my photographs from Angola were shot using digital cameras and I wouldn't have done differently. But, for a change, it was nice to shoot one roll of film once in a while.