I have never owned a film camera. I have very limited knowledge of film of any kind. I shoot everything with my DSLR. Over time I have picked up snippets of info about medium format. There are allot of things that intrigue me about it. Large resolution (sorry I can't help but think in terms of digital). The way it handles contrast. The supposed greater dynamic range. Recently I watched a documentary called "Manufactured Landscapes". http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/Introduction/Manufactured_Landscapes.html The photographer was using a medium format film camera. I noticed that the film was a positive and rather large. I read somewhere about scanning in slide film. Does this all mean that I can take a shot with a medium format camera and just scan it into my computer? Without developing anything in a darkroom? If thats true I would be very interested. I am so used to the non-destructive nature of Photoshop that it would be very hard for me to get into darkroom processing. I also don't want to bother with taking my shots to a pro lab. Whats is the cost of Medium format equipment and film? Is my best bet to buy a used mamiya on ebay? Are there new Medium format film camera's made today? How hard is it to find slide film? I prefer to shoot in monochrome, how big of a difference does that make in cost of film? How much does it cost per exposure? What kind of scanner would be best for this? I take it SLR lenses are incompatible with medium format due to large difference in "sensor,film" area? I am very used to shooting in manual and have no problem going without allot of "auto" DSLR features, but do medium format cameras have built in metering? Thanks for any help.