And this should be the last. I hope. Anyway, between KD5NRH's encouragement about developing one's own film and my frustrations with C-41 film like Kodak 400CN (which is definitely inclusive of the fact that it's costing me $10+ per roll all tallied), I've decided to go for it. Unfortunately, the decisions are a little more complicated than I thought. I am going to D.C. on an end-of-the-year work trip next week, and will be bringing some real black and white film with me to show my commitment (because I will not under any circumstances pay someone $15 to develop a 24 exposure roll of film). My first thought was to get Neopan 400 because it's cheap. Then I wondered about Tri-X and D-76, since this is supposed to be a classic combo. Then again, T-Max concentrated liquid seems so much easier to use- is that a good match for Tri-X? With my head spinning (and not much time left to order), I called B&H and asked the film guy what he recommended for a beginner, something basic and forgiving. His opinion was that they're all pretty much compatible (and apparently all deveoper chemistry is ripped off of Kodak anyway) and that anything should work fine for learning as long as it isn't "too funky." This, of course, was not the decisive advice I wanted. My current thinking is to order a few rolls of HP5, a few rolls of Neopan, and a few rolls of Fomapan (it just looks like fun), since I already have one shot roll and one fresh roll of Tri-X lying around. I could put them all through a standard developer (D-76 maybe?) and then maybe have some ideas for next time I need film? Please share your insights on a good setup to get started in DIY black and white, and thank you or your help with my many questions.