Quote Originally Posted by NJH View Post
Funny thing is I never remembered the prints looking as grainy as a lot of the stuff I see on the net unless the film was pushed.
Darkroom prints are usually much less grainy than scans from the same negative, especially when printed with a diffuser enlarger. I can only speculate, but I think it is because enlargement shows grain (and other detail) exactly the way it is, while scanning converts real-world spheres and irregular shapes into ugly squares. In terms of fine details and tonality, darkroom prints have a distinct edge, in my view.

Quote Originally Posted by NJH View Post
Never left the lens cap on but did once forget to check if the film leader had engaged and wasted a roll, I think everyone has done that one once.
Once a year, more likely.

Quote Originally Posted by NJH View Post
I think you're all spot on about the draw of larger formats, I am not really a fan of grain but utterly love the fantastic tonality of film which only seems to get better the bigger the format.
I am betting you'll end up at 8x10 or beyond .