Originally Posted by unl3a5h3d
I have been wanting to get into photography for a long time. I wanted to start cheap just incase I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. So I wanted to start with film. I recently purchased a Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 35mm film camera. It has a 35 to 70mm lens with it. I am just wondering what what to do next. I know it isn't the best camera but it was cheap. I want to get some macro stuff. I really want to do black and white, and a lot of like "street photography". Any tips? Advice? Stuff to buy? Thanks.
I'll be the contrarian. Buy a decent digital SLR (used?), because it sounds like your main interest in film is to look "gritty" and "photojournalistic" on the cheap. Film isn't cheap, especially nowadays. As others have posted, unless you know what you want, film can be frustrating. And even when you know what you want, and get a camera body for free, it usually ends up being more expensive than a digital setup once you start making photos.
The truth is, until you achieve a base level of skill as a photographer, a digital workflow will give you more flexibility, more cheaply, than film. To learn photography, you must take many photos. Film isn't terribly expensive, but decent processing is.
Film is awesome. But I don't think it is as accessible as digital photography, today.