I picked up an old Pentax K-1000 last month at an antique store for $15. It's pretty sweet and it makes me all nostalgic for the good old days when I learned how to shoot on an even older Canon AE-1 back in high school. I shot black and white back then and got to develop and print the photographs myself and it was way fun. But I never shot color and I had never sent film away to get developed and I really had no idea how it would turn out.
The first roll was exciting, but quite honestly most of the images were underexposed and muddy. I was a little disheartened. The second roll, I pushed it one stop and still overexposed. This roll came out much better. Here are just a few.
I really like how it slows me down. I love the sound of the shutter click and cocking the film to the next frame. I love having to think more about each shot, to have to plan it out. I love the excitement of the prints coming back to me, like it's Christmas.