Film continues to go the way of vinyl [big image]. Just days after I told you lot that I had bought another Minolta film camera, Konica Minolta announces that it will leave the camera business all together.

The camera I take with me everywhere is one of the smallest 35mm SLR cameras Minolta made. Male reviewers both raved and ranted about it. It’s amazingly flexible, dirt cheap, and has a solid metal body; but the controls aren’t suited to big hands. I keep it in a little rucksack that my sister bought me. With fast film in it I can take street shots like this one without being noticed, but, as I was rambling to a friend on the phone the other day, the real masters of this kind of photography go completely retro and use rangefinder cameras, of which the most famous are those made by Leica. They aren’t just small and light; they’re amazingly quiet. But you really need to know your stuff to handle one of them with confidence. There are also photographers who are skeptical about the claimed advantages of going old-time.

The guys on this site, however, do know their stuff and do believe the hype. They make their case with some lovely galleries of magical images they capture with their anachronistic tools. This, for example, is a beauty, but some of my other favourites [note that links might be slow to respond] are here, here, here, here [Not Safe For Work], here, here, here [Not Safe For Pete Townsend], here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

I went looking for 1600ASA black-and-white film in the “Photographic” section of eBay today, and my search pulled in twelve hits. One of them was film for sale. One was a collection of “1600 Amateur Girlfriend/Wife” photos on CD.