Quote Originally Posted by pdeeh View Post
It sometimes seems as if existing 8x10 shooters positively discourage others from trying 8x10.

Not everybody's motives, interests or priorities are the same.
If you're referring to me, I'm not an 8x10 shooter. 6x7 and 4x5". I'm just trying to inject some realism into the debate with regards to the stated budget and how it might best be used to improve the images one can take.

Consider this: the OP's whole budget will buy about 50 sheets of HP5 shipped from B&H, far less in anything from Kodak. And that's without a camera to put it in or lens to expose it with!