I took my complete Bronica system to town today, the first time it's been out of the house for over a year. The plan was to see how much trade-in allowance Cameraworld would give me against, for example, an E-P1 and/or a 9-18mm ZD for my E3.

But it didn't happen. I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I had a look in the shop, of course and it was full of goodies. Yes, they had the E-P1 with both 14-42mm and 17mm lenses. They also had the GF1 with 20mm and EVF – what a combination that is! But the Bronny stayed in the boot of my car.

“Why?” I asked myself on the way home. I don't use it and it just gathers dust. Why not trade it in while it's still got some value, however small? Might as well use the money to replace it with something useful like, well, an E-P1. That I could take anywhere, indeed everywhere, and it would certainly get a lot more use than that big old film dinosaur. Then I got to thinking, if I'm going to keep it why not use it? Why not, indeed. Well, there's a whole list of reasons actually. Or are they excuses? Reasons, maybe – but are they good reasons? Upon examination, there is indeed a counter-argument for each:-

It's too big and heavy with all the (prime) lenses. But I don't have to use it all the time, just when not straying too far from the car.

That would mean risking leaving it in the car for much of the time. So what? The whole kit is worth about twenty pence on ebay (on a good day) so what's to lose?

It's becoming too difficult to load the film, with my Parkinson's Disease. Why not buy extra film backs – they're dirt cheap now – and ask Debbie to load them in advance? I'm sure I could soon teach her.

It's expensive nowadays, with the cost of film, postage and processing. I can't think of a cheaper way to get the digital equivalent of 40MP scans. Canon EOS1Ds III? Eat yer heart out!

There's no commercial demand for film these days. I know at least one photographic magazine that still prefers transparencies, as does the calendar company who have recently used one of my images.

Film will soon die out. If everyone thought like that it would soon become a self-fulfilling prophecy. All the more reason to use it while I still can!

I have trouble fixing MF trannies in fiddly black card mounts (the most professional looking way of submitting for publication). Once again, Debbie to the rescue – make her earn her keep!

I've got used to fine tuning exposure with the aid of playback and a histogram. Never used to have a problem. After all, I have got a Pentax digital spot meter, accurate to about a zillionth of a stop (if you know how to use it). Anyway, I can still use digital as a back up on location.

But I really love using my E3. And I still can. I haven't got to use the Bronny all the time, just some of the time. It's not a case of going back to film, just a matter of using it as well as, rather than instead of, digital.

So I've decided to keep it – for now. We'll see how it goes. I had a session selecting and scanning some slides the other day and I must admit I'd forgotten how impressive a good MF trannie looks on a light box. As they say, “here's one I took earlier.”

Roll back the years!