Why aren't more of the big-name camera brands making modern film cameras?

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Some of my film cameras (Image credit: Hannah Rooke)

Buying a vintage film camera is a risky business, you can't be guaranteed it works and the only way of finding out is by shooting a roll of film and getting it developed which can cost around $25-$30. Pentax recently announced that after a year of development, it has finished working on a brand new film camera prototype which got me thinking, why aren't more of the big brands making modern-day film cameras?

Aside from the cost, I love shooting film. Lucky for me I've never actually had to buy a film camera as I was very kindly gifted a Canon AE-1 and a Nikon FM2 while working at Wex Photo Video (one of the leading UK camera stores). But like a lot of photographers, I like to collect cameras and can't pass up a bargain when I see one. On multiple occasions, I've found an almost too-good-to-be-true bargain in a charity shop or car boot sale but have resisted the urge to invest just in case it doesn't work. The problem with old film cameras is that even if they work initially when they break it's often hard to come across the parts to fix them and as soon as there are no parts they become redundant ornaments. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.