Hi I'm coming out from lurking. I rarely do. I found this site within the last month or so... I used to lurk on photo.net but I'm into B&W film ... Normaly I never subscribe to a site. But this site is a bargain for the information it contains. I'm here to learn, I'm not smart enough to teach, my postings will be rare. I spend my days developing software, mainly browser based accounting workflow type applications used within my employers intranet. Thats about as deep as I can explain and keep my job. Film is dead? - I pass at least 9 places that offer 1 hour film developing on my 30 mile drive to work. And a new one is being built right now. Film is alive. What I shoot - I love shooting people, but I tend to be shy and don't take as many people shots as I would like. I especially like shooting kids. I take a ton of flowers shots - cliche I know. But I shoot for myself and my own enjoyment. I like shooting old run down things. Equipment - I like to focus and set my exposure. I have a couple Canons for 35mm - F1 & AT1 - lenses - 28mm(junk), 35mm (canon), 50mm (canon), 135mm (canon), 28-80 zoom(junk), 70-210 zoom(vivitar series 1), 400mm (pentax), 500mm & 2x adapter for 1000mm (mirrored junk) Medium Format Yashica Mat EM tlr - great camera 4X5 - Aletta - I made this one - Goerz Dogmar 18cm (circa 1913) Digital - I have a Kodak that I paid $1000, 5 years later it won't work with batteries, just the ac adapter. Its not worth fixing. What a waste. No way would I throw $$$ at something thats going to be worthless in a few years again. OK true - I have a Olympus digital $200, I use it for putting stuff on eBay. Darkroom - Beseler 45 MCRX Rodinal Rules For the occasions I shoot color, I have an Epson scanner and printer and I let someone else develop the negatives. But again, I sit in front of a computer all day, not going to do it all night.