Hi, My name is Dan and I am new to the forum and photography in general. Let me first saw that I have practically zero knowldege of photography, other than the fact that I know of lense types, the need for good lighting, and the difference betwwenn an SLR and compact, after a bit of reading. My desire to get in to photos stems from my love of film, and I am very aware of good shot compostion and lighting in good films, so it kind of sparked my interest. If I were to describe my desires, it would to be to create some nice "artistic photographs" with an inital desire to explore landscapes and B and white photography as well. I would also like to create some photo projects with my own voice overs, but realise that a digital camera may be needed. So, I know these questions have been asked a thousand times but here goes: 1) Film vs digital: I'm torn over which to get, as I know most say film is higher quality. Are most amateur enthuasists in digial now. I would like to create some collages/projects, and a computer helps, but I want good quality also 2) SLR vs other: I know SLR offers most control, but should I get this or an SLR-style one. I would ovbvisouly want an entry level SLR, could it be bought for 600-700? or can i get great photographs of non-SLR? 3) I will have no ability to set up my own developing studio, is that important, and does that meean I should go digital? 4) will about 300 dollars help me to get 2 lenses: I want a wide angle and 1 telephoto? 5) can i get good B/W with digital? my budget right now is say 700-1000, but Im not sure yet. Any links to price guides would help, as well as suggested models and basic "entry advice to a novice" Thanks!!