Although I'm not investing right away into LF gear (would need kit, enlarger, etc), I decided to give it a shot by renting an 8x10 Horseman for the Easter weekend. Clever me: I have the kit for the whole weekend for the price of a single rental. I also chose 8x10 because it's big and I will contact print, thus avoiding the need to find another enlarger. I had the choice between three Symmar lenses: a 240mm/f5.6, a 300mm/f5.6, and a 360mm/f6.8. I went for the 300mm, being bright, a perfect normal for the format, thinking it would serve equally well for landscape and portraits. Then for the film I mostly had the choice between Ilford and Ilford, so I thought I would go with HP5 for the speed, and limiting the risk of screwing up. With contact prints, grain does not exist. I'm still dithering about developer, but I might go with HC-110. I can always buy Ilford stuff from the store. I have read that DD-X can be very nice with HP5, but would it make a difference in contact prints? I already have a spot meter, will find something to make a dark cloth, and I have a small loupe I can use to check focus if needed. I'm reading again bits on focusing & all that stuff in the meantime to refresh my memory on the logic. Now, can anybody just tell me to stop worrying about lens, film, and developer choice, just so I am not perpetually in a second-guessing mindset between now and Easter?