I was listening to National Public Radio while driving in my car a few days ago when they aired a segment titled "Vintage Sounds: The Whirs and Clicks of Film Cameras." I invite you to give it a listen, especially if you've spent most of your years using film cameras. You'll definitely be able to relate to this piece. Not only that, you'll be able to describe in similar detail the sensory memories of each film camera you owned: how it felt in your hands, the sound of the film wind lever, the click of the shutter, the slap of the mirror, the whirr of the self-timer, the shimmer of the microprism. I'm sure you remember them vividly, even if you didn't like some of them. I suspect this is one of the reasons why a cohort of young photographers these days is so attracted to the cameras of old. There's a certain funky charm to gears, levers, cams and springs that digital circuits just don't have.
You post-digital folks need not feel left out. Even if today's cameras have fewer whirs and clicks, they still have sensuous pleasures of their own. Feel free to share your own versions of this story. As for me, I freely confess I own a couple of cameras I seldom use but can't bear to sell, simply because it's so damned pleasurable just to handle them. Can I hear an amen?