User Leica film M with black and white film is still most economical and easy to get to Leica RF M series alternative. My complete darkroom set was given to me for free in 2011. And this is how you could get darkroom set today. Free or next to free, except Leica enlargers (not really necessary, but nice to have).
So, you could get user film M under very reasonable price and start printing same way pictures were printed then M series cameras were invented. Even more, for very low price you could get FB papers which are fifty years old, yet, they are totally usable without any technical limitations.
Also only in the darkroom you could get lith print and here is no lith prints from same negative which will looks the same. You could also contact print from digital negative and use different alternative process. Like tintypes. Yes, you could print digital positive and create tintype from it, in the darkroom.
Also, if you are Leica fan, you might enjoy photos of HCB, Winogrand, Meyerowitz, Zimbel and so on Leica photographers and you could get exactly the same cameras, lenses they used, using and print it exactly same way. Most of photos from these masters aren't scans prints, but darkroom prints. Even in the books, not to mention exhibitions.
To sum up:
In 2017 you could get used film M camera cheap, you could also get entire darkroom set for free and if you are printing carefully and using 8x10 or less paper sizes it is cost effective and one of the best BW methods today.
And it is fun. No computers and even almost no light
M4-2, Elmar-M 50 2.8. HP5+ film. Old AGFA Brovira paper in Arista Lith developer.
Edited by Ko.Fe., 15 February 2017 - 20:05.