What about film? Right now, secondhand film SLRs are bargains, cheap enough to make up for the additional cost of film and processing. If you've always wanted to own and use an Olympus OM-1 or Nikon F3, now is the time.
Note however that the supply of film is dwindling. Kodak Technical Pan Film is no longer made; the only remaining black-and-white film that responds well to hydrogen nebulae (at 656 nm) is Ilford HP5 Plus, whose grain and reciprocity characteristics are far from ideal.
Two excellent color slide films remain available that respond well to hydrogen nebulae; they are Kodak Elite Chrome 100 and 200, along with their professional counterparts Ektachrome E100G, E100GX, and E200. These films have rather good reciprocity characteristics. So do many popular color negative films except that they don't respond to light from hydrogen nebulae at 656 nm. Beware, however, of outdated film on store shelves, and even more, of outdated darkroom chemicals.
You will, of course, want to process your film images digitally (Appendix C, p. 207) to get much better pictures than film could yield in the pre-digital era.
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