I use D76, Dektol, and Tri-X or HP5 or FP4+, and old cameras/lenses. I am familiar and comfortable with them, they do what I expect. Not all of us need to have the newest and most expensive things. We are out using what we have and having a blast. Sometimes I get a winner, sometimes it's crap. Since I am not a professional who really cares anyway? Oh, and your friend is right about our beer. Give me a good German beer with a name I can't spell any time.