I've noted that some of the 35mm stuff is going up in price recently as the cameras and equipment slowly slide into the 'vintage' brackets. So, yes, perhaps a good time to pick up a nice 'retro' / 'vintage' film camera. But there is a trend to go back to film by many amateurs (going by the increased sales of 35mm film) and if I had somewhere nowadays to set up a dark room I'd be joining them too. I still have a old Zenith 11 SLR, the model that I used to teach myself photography a lifetime ago. Like you, I still plan my photos before I shoot 'em instead of taking a dozen shots. As you say, back in the day each picture mattered, financially. Funny thing about the Russian tubes mentioned above. Back in the Cold War some Soviet pilots defected to the west with their spanking new Mig fighters. I recall that the engineers all sneered at the Soviet technology and how the electronics had tubes, unlike the more modern western electronics. They derided the Soviet technology as 'backwards' but then it was realized that this was done on purpose as the tubes would be less affected by the electromagnetic pulses from nuclear weapons: in other words, when the nuclear mushrooms rose they would fry western electronics but not affect the Soviets as much!