I joined APUG a while back, well, two years ago, but this is my first post here. The reason for not being an active contributor is simple, work. ( and money for photography ) I also bit the evil digital apple, suffered for it with high noise and crappy resolution, knowing all the time that film was and still is always better. My start in photography was in the 1970's doing B&W and color with completely manual cameras, which taught me that the photographer needs to be in control. A TTL meter or chip in a camera has no clue about photography. Even with my venture into digital, I got a camera for snaps years ago and I waited for imager technology to yield a film like sensor, every pixel needs to record the full spectrum. ( Bayer masked imagers aren't worth considering ) I eventually found an imager that met my requirements with Sigma's SD14 dSLR which does a great, well sorta good, job for some photography, but film still has it's advantages. To preserve my lens investment, I purchased a Sigma SA9 fSLR. Film equipment wise, I'm still lacking. I need a medium format and a 4x5 View camera, plus I also need to put together my wet dark room, and purchase the tools for film scanning to achieve a hybrid image processing flow.