What a pleasant surprise it was to stumble across a site that is devoted to the wonders of film photography. And I must say that the sense of community evident in the various posts will ensure that I stay a long time. A little history perhaps... I started out taking pictures in high school with, if my memory serves, a Practica FX that my father owned. We were fortunate enough to have a b&w darkroom in the school and when I saw that first roll of Kodak Plus-X come out of the tank, I knew I was witnessing some magic. Likewise, the first print appearing out of the reddish gloom of the dev tray was quite mesmerising. For the remaining three years at high school I spent a LOT of time taking pictures of all manner of things, then processing the films and prints. I always had a camera with me in the intervening years, and although I did not have a darkroom, I still greatly enjoyed my colour work. Over the last 3 years, I have rediscovered my joy in photography after realising that my shiny auto everything 35mm Nikon SLR had seduced me into in a false sense of comfort. Since that realisation I have gone back to manual control for almost all of my shots, and the results, not surprisingly, have improved consistently. I have also built a darkroom and again process all my own B&W and have over the last 2 years moved into the dangerous slippery slopes of medium format... And I am loving it all.... So I look forward to continuing to learn amongst fellow enthusisasts for whom the instant gratification of digital is far outweighed by the enjoyment of the journey itself. Some basics: Kit - (35 mm) nikon SLRs, minotla Hi-matic 7 RF, Agfa solinette folder, Ziess Contaflex, Underwater P&S Nikon, (MF) Mamaiya 645, Ziess Ikon Ercona 6x9 folder, Ross Ensign folder, Yashica LM TLR Main interest recently is people in B&W. Endless variation and surprises.... ;-) See you in the threads. Glenn Sydney, Australia.