This past year, as I had mentioned, a lot had happened. I was having so much fun taking photos with my Leica and lens, but I found that it was expensive and it sometimes worried me wandering around with it. I know that sounds silly, but given its age it felt slightly impractical.
Then film prices went up for a second time in the same year. I really had to think about when and how often to take photos. So, to be honest, that was the main reason my film photography tapered off. It didn't mean I wasn't going to take photos anymore, but it did make me hesitate putting another roll in my camera.
Other expenses came up and I realised that I had a great setup already of Nikon cameras. I already had a Nikon F2 and a Nikon FM2. Both of these are fantastic cameras, have built in light meters, can both be used without batteries in a pinch and are traditional SLR cameras so they are very familiar/easy to use.
So, I started to use them a little bit early this year to get used to them and I have a variety of lenses as well. But, because these aren't as slow to use as the Leica I found myself taking more photos quicker. This is great for getting into a flow, but it also meant I'd be going through film faster, which is something I didn't want to do.
I would love to own another Leica in the future. I haven't tried any of their digital options and perhaps one of those would be just perfect, but they are still super costly and not something I need anytime soon.
In the past you have seen many photos taken with my Fuji setup, but I'm thinking that maybe this time around I'll pick up a modern digital Nikon camera so I can use my existing lenses with it. I've always enjoyed using Nikon equipment and prices are staying very decent with lightly used Nikon cameras.
Also, this way I'll be able to do some film here and there and be able to use the same lenses.
So, a new chapter is about to begin in my photography. And I'm very excited to see where it takes me.