One of the Russian SLR's I was quite happy with was a "brand new" Zenit-11. Yes, brand new, likely New Old Stock (NOS). This is just the kind of camera that scratches me where I itch - totally mechanical operation, no batteries, and, although not at all necessary, this one had a built in Selenium light meter which via a metering scale on top, helped with correctly setting shutter speeds and apertures. It all worked fabulously.
Back then, and it wasn't that long ago, I was so absolutely keen on film photography, mostly because I was always so pleased with the results I was getting, because up until then, I was only using point and shoot digitals. There was obviously no comparison at that time between full-frame film and the baby-fingernail sized sensors used in those earlier point and shoots. Things have advanced in the past for years with the smaller sensors, but there is still a certain beauty that only film can convey, which I've never been able to replicate with even one of the best APS Format DSLR's.
And so, I am once again going GaGa for film - this time Medium Format is simply blowing me away with it's quality capabilities. Right now, I am not even thinking about digital photography, except for transient jobs. Maybe it's just a phase, but it's what I want to do, simply because I want that certain look - the look that invites the viewer into the picture, as only film can.
Here is my expanded and growing "Film" Set on Flickr for you to enjoy.