from start to finish, basically buy any good slr $100. My requirements was something that could use a battery grip and take rechargable AA batteries. Then I buy film online probably in bulk, just search kodak 35mm film, or Fuji Film, 200, 160, or 400 speed. I use 200 speed the most. I pay around $100 for 100. Then buy a costco card for developing and scanning to DVD its $50 a year. Every time I take photos I drop them off at costco, it takes a few hours and I get them back on a nice DVD, you can buy a film scanner to save money but I would rather support Costco, so they keep doing film and it saves me alot of time to scan it myself. They always do a great job, and any problems I have had they gave me full refunds, one time I had a few scratches it was on holiday rush, they develop alot of film at that time so I tend to avoid dropping my film off around the holidays. I also Buy Film Brand New to support the industry. You can buy the nice film for around around 3 a roll, but I found a good 1.99 Kodak 35mm 200 speed “made for color prints” I love it.
People say film is expensive, but its really not, especially compared to how much I paid for my digital camera.
In total I pay around $1000 a year to shoot film, maybe not even that… and I could buy a new film camera every year if I wanted.. Do they still make them new?
Anyway I paid around $8500 for my digital Slr. and then the cost of a lens, and its been a few years and it’s already outdated. My film camera was made in the year 2000, it may be considered outdated, but I feel like the photos I get out of it are timeless.
p.s - It also makes you a better photographer, you have a certain amount of shots to get the shot, you develop better workflow, and it costs you every time you take a picture, so you work more efficiently. anyone can take a million pictures and get 1, can you take 24 and get at least one?