For months, I’ve been toying with the idea of picking up a manual film camera. I used to shoot with film when I was young, long before I saw photography as a creative outlet, and it was all pretty inconsequential. It was my mom’s Pentax, and its long since been dead. For the last few years, I’ve been honing my skills on my Nikon D300s (which I took this photo wth). Its been my called my ‘second girlfriend’ by those who know my, has helped me grow immensely in photography, and has taught me to never buy new photography equipment ever again. Somewhere along the way, I was itching to try something new... Or rather, something old. The Nikon F3hp is a professional level beast of a manual film SLR that was in production for almost 20 years. Mine was build in 1986, I believe, but you wouldn’t know by looking at it. The thing is tiny compared to the D300s, but has such a beautiful weight in your hands. The sound of the shutter is heavy and nostalgic, and the manual film advance takes you back to a simpler time. I’ve only shot with it for one weekend and I haven’t had any film developed yet (Ilford HP5 for those wondering) but shooting with it is such a different experience. I might actually have a hard time going back to digital.