4 reasons why you should ditch disposable cameras for film cameras

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Using disposable cameras has been a popular trend. But recently, there has been a resurgence in film photography. The retro filter on the photos of your loved ones or cool landscapes and the nostalgia from the camera shutter are things no app on our phones can replicate. Here are a few reasons why you should ditch the disposable camera and get yourself a film camera!

Film cameras are better for the environment 

The biggest downside to disposable cameras is that they aren’t the most sustainable way to capture our memories. But don’t fret! There is still a way to enjoy film while being more eco-friendly; a film camera is the vessel for taking your film pictures. Instead of a disposable camera, which you throw away at the end of its usage, you can keep a film camera for a longer period of time.

It’s worth the one-time investment

Because you’re using your film camera instead of disposables, you don’t have to constantly buy the disposable camera. You only have to buy your film camera once, and then after that, you only have to buy film to go into it.

You have options for how your photos look

Disposable cameras come as they are. But when you’re using a film camera, you can buy different film each time. There are a plethora of film options out there. You might like black-and-white photography, or you might enjoy a grainy effect or possibly like your photos to have a golden hue. There are film rolls for each of these types, and you can test out something new each time, adding variety to your pictures!

You can personalize it to make it yours

If you’re anything like me and you love personalizing everything you own, a multiple-use camera definitely beats something disposable. I have my own camera strap and case for my film camera. In addition to those options, I’ve seen people bedazzle theirs or add stickers and crotchet bands — it’s the do-it-yourself project you never knew you needed!

There are a number of reasons why you should invest in your very own film camera instead of constantly purchasing disposables. Hopefully, this inspires you to finally buy your own, explore some film options and customize your camera. The cherry on top? You get to enjoy nostalgic photos while being more sustainable!

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