I started photography using film and had two film cameras before the Nikon D70 was released. I put my film equipment in the closet and thought, "Yeah! Digital is the future!" So I spent a year or so shooting only digital. But the film cameras were calling out to me . . . So I got out my film equipment and started shooting with that. But I missed digital . . . then I missed film . . . ad nauseum. Then I went to medium format and got myself a lovely Contax 645. Mmm, good stuff. But shot for a while and thought, "Damn, I want to shoot digital so I can send photos to Mom and Dad back in Canada." Ugh. But something happened in my brain in the last month or so and my four cameras are each getting their share of time. Why? Because I've realised that different cameras are good for different things and the camera I want to use sometimes just depends on my mood. Contax 645 - For photos when I want those inimitable Carl Zeiss colours and the amazing amount of detail that comes from a larger format. I also use this for black and white. Nikon D70 - Great for regular colour photography when I'm willing to carry around a little bit of weight. It gets good results and I can upload them here easily and share them with friends and family. I want to upgrade next year to a D300 (or D3 if I get a lot of overtime this year ) Nikon FM3a - I usually put black and white film in this and use it for walking around. Although some people can get great black and white photographs from digital, I'm not one of them. There is still something special about a black and white print from film. Fuji F11 compact - stays on my person at all times for snapshots, get-togethers with friends, interesting things I see on the way home, etc. It's lightweight and even takes movies (though I keep forgetting that). So, no more torment about cameras. Well, not quite. Now the problem is what to bring when travelling. I took the D70 to Australia and shot hundreds of photos. That meant many long hours sorting and editing photos back home (it took me a month!). The somewhat narrow dynamic range of the digital sensor also meant I had to be careful when shooting during midday. If I take another trip where I'm moving around a lot, I'm going to take the FM3a and negative and black and white film. Negative film can be bought and developed anywhere, it's cheap, has a good dynamic range, and the lab can do all the work. Thanks for reading these midnight thoughts.