I'm not crazy about having to do the X-Ray film route, but I have studied it and have seen some very good results--enough to make giving up pan liveable. I have done NONE so far, so I'm no one to judge. It seems to me in 8x10 though, that my biggest concern of intra-base halation hopefully will not severely affect my contact-printed results. The price at this time sure seems conducive to a certain amount of shooting freedom, and it's already an 8x10 right out of the box.