My Lady and I are both reasonably skilled in 35mm photography. We have a complete system of many bodies, a bevy of lenses and all of the trimmings. However, the lure of digital in providing the ability to create picture 'programs' is almost irresistable -- we have a delightfully photogenic 3 year old grand-daughter. 'Nuff said. But to go digital 'from scratch' at a level which would provide results of comparable quality to our present 35mm's? Well, we're talking quite a few thousands of dollars. At the least, it would require a couple of Canon 20D's or 30D's and a mess of primes and zooms, including macros. We'll need two of each lens here, you see. That adds up. Big time. I should note en passant that our 35mm lenses are not transferrable to any modern DSLR. Let me add one more thing. We're from a generation which does not expect instant results. Waiting a week or two to see the results of a shoot doesn't send us into a frenzy. Again, we do know film reasonably well and pretty much know what the final print will be, more or less. Being able to see the shot 'Polaroid[TM]'-fashion is not important to us. So, a bit of looking around uncovered the Pacific Image 3610AFL scanner [3600dpi, 3.2 dyn., 48 bit color, 16 bit gray scale]. We can happily work in 35mm slide or print film and use the scanner to convert the slides or negatives to digital. This will allow us to send images by 'net and also create picture programs. And we'll be ahead by about $US10K or so. What's wrong with this picture?