There is an application for the iPhone called Hipstamatic, which takes the images you shoot on your phone and applies a series of digital filters to replicate the visual effects of vintage cameras. The Hipstamatic Effect is so prevalent that a breaking news story on Gothamist actually ran a story about a bus crash with a Hipstamtic shot.
Thus, I am going to issue one of my trademarked “Pleas for Sanity”. For the love of God, stop it! If you like the effect (I use a several filters in Lightroom that mimic vintage cameras for certain photos so I like them too) fine, but not every photo needs one! Before the Facebook redesign I could scroll the newsfeed and see nothing but endless Hipstamatic images. Seriously, shots of you and your girlfriends getting bombed in a Lower East Side Meat market do not need to look as though she were shot by your grandmother on a Polaroid Land Camera! They just don’t! Like everything else in the world, things should be used in their proper place and time! Shots of your new baby DO NOT need ragged edges and digitally simulated paper peels!
Furthermore, if you like the look of old cameras: you could actually USE an old camera! You can pick up a vintage camera on ebay for just a few dollars! Film still isn’t so expensive to be out of reach, and think of the strange look you will earn when you buy it! Every one hour place gives you a CD with the images, you can still post them on Facebook and gain special cool points for using film. (One word of warning DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THE LOMOGRAPHY STORE. This is overpriced pretentious bullshit. A toy camera should not cost more than ten dollars…EVER!) You might find you truly enjoy working with film, you might find that filters are a cheap imitation of real life. That is because filters are a cheap imitation of real life.
In the end, you are going to do what you want to do. Using Hipstamtic Filters do not make the image you just shot of a dog taking crap on a trash can a better photograph. They do make you look like ass for using them for an image like that.