As well as being slower to use film cameras were also a lot simpler, no menus, very few options, and sometimes a proper f-stop ring!
I started out on a completely manual Carena RSD Micro. Here it is:
It cost me £45 second hand in about 1982. You had to set the f-stop and shutter speed until a small needle in the viewfinder neatly bisected a circle. It worked fine but could be a bit slow; I often missed that once in a lifetime shot! Having said that it served me well and I took it and a couple of lenses around Europe once and I still have the prints to prove it. Here’s one of Michelangelo’s David. It was a colour print but I converted it to black and white as it looks better.