Analog cameras are once again the center of attention

More than a decade after it was ruled out as a relic of the twentieth century, many millennials are setting aside their smartphones or DSLRs to shoot the old-fashioned way. Like vinyl, typewriters and other analog technologies, the enduring appeal of grainy photos with saturated color stripes and clicks on the analog camera seems to be returning among professionals and amateurs alike. After all, filming with film is not so different from digital. Recent statistics also point to an increase in the number of people opting for analog cameras, with an annual increase in sales of film reels by 5% since 2016. The question is, at a time when smartphones and digital cameras offer us the edge of 'conversion time', what attracts people to the analog?

Analog means discipline

The resurgence of interest in the analog camera is mainly driven by those who are interested in taking photos in a movie, which provides a different shooting experience and a different digital appearance. Bengaluru photographer Santanu Chakraborty says: “I think people are getting tired of the visual uniformity of digital photographs. Armed with similar software, millions are creating similar images. ” For the Delhi-based artist Ashish Sahoo, who uses only analog cameras, the change came when digital seemed too easy. With the analog, I am more disciplined when it comes to the composition of a shot, he says.


Photographers come out with only 24 or 36 frames instead of the one hundred available when using a digital camera. Sarbajoy Paul, a 25-year-old Calcutta photography enthusiast, says: With the analog process, I can create moments, not just capture them on camera.

If Generation Z wants to use a movie camera, they should

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After 35 years of analog photography, I feel that digital photography has given me freedom. While a time-consuming analog camera is contrary to the spirit and character of Generation Z, if someone wants to use film cameras, they must do so.

Raghu Rai

Developing black and white photos is easy

Ashish Sahoo in darkroom 1

Many portrait and wedding photographers prefer analog cameras, as it allows them to charge a considerable fee because the film looks different from the digital one. Chaitanya Guttikar, a photographer and cameraman from Pune, tells us: Although developing color films is a bit complicated, black and white is very easy.

What is the cost?

Basic camera: Rs 3,000-Rs 5,000

Rolls: 1,500 rupees for five

Development process: 1,000 rupees for five rolls

Digitization: Rs 1,500 for five rolls

This is what you need to develop movies at home:

Exchange bag

Development of tanks and spirals.

Chemicals: developer, stop bath and fixative

Four beakers (one for water only and the rest for chemical products)

Water running

Drying cabinet (or a dust-free place to dry developed negatives)


This is what you need to print photos at home:

An enlarger

Trays (preferably four)

Extra beakers

Good mineral water

A good exhaust system that can easily clean the room of chemical gases.

Did you know

The modern camera evolved from the dark chamber: a box with a hole to project inverted images on a flat surface