Originally Posted by Pherdinand
Having several friends in Romania, interested in photography, i have a strange feeling w respect to this "need" for a Bessa-type rf.
Most of these people I know CANNOT afford to SHOOT FILM. On one hand buying film is a continuous expense, unless they only shoot 1-2 rolls a month (and that is NOT the point of this gift, i understand) - on the other hand, film processing is getting more and more difficult over there, more expensive, and less quality, so doing it themselves is the only way out. But this brings extra complications, since if you walk in a photography store there and ask for black and white film or developer, they will most probably look at you as you just dropped from the Moon. Kodak Gold 200 type films are still to be found, though.
Ordering via the Net is also very difficult - most people (certainly the ones that cannot afford such a camera) don't have a credit card. Paypal type countries do not work in such countries. Etc etc etc.
These people I know mostly work in something that gives them reach to a computer, and they prefer to have a digital camera (no,not the M8), that means practically no expenses when used. Only a few shots are printed, the rest are just "digitally enjoyed".
The moral of my story is, the people that are less fortunate financially, might find it problematic to regularly put a good film camera to use...
End note: For the above reasons, and depending on the outcome of this whole idea, I intend to add film material of value, say, 50$, to the Bessa, on my own expenses. No big deal, but it should be nice to have something ready to use in that camera.