Hi there, As an initiation post, I thought I'd try to find out more about the forum users here. As a sheet film for the past 2 years I still love composing in the square format on large format. I've had an old monorail which I continue to cherish and use, although it's not the most practical camera in the world I continue to use it as much as I can. Why large format? It requires at least 10 minutes to set up properly, and concentration to attend to an image; weighs at least 15kg to carry around with its gear; is expensive for film and processing and printing. That's fine, as I use it for landscape work which I dearly love, even if I shoot less images. It has its upsides: I've found that it's a great ice-breaker with strangers who are fascinated by the use of the darkcloth; it doesn't intimidate other people as much as a modern SLR. It's also not the kind of camera that anyone would want to steal, since it would slow down any would-be robber. I love the pace of shooting on a monorail: a bit like brushing teeth in the morning, or putting a jacket on before leaving home and going outside. It takes longer, and has more consideration involved. It doesn't feel 'right' without it. Best reason of all - the depth of the tonal scale. How about you then? Which format do you use?