Hi Folks, I've been involved with film photography for a long time (I'm not a professional that does it for his living). I've always shot with Nikon 35mm film, and on occasion Mamiya medium format film (the results of which are simply stunning). If I was serious about a career or going pro in fashion in 2012, I would almost certainly have to get a serious digital rig. The cost of this is very very high as opposed to (film) just a few years ago when one could get a Mamiya RZ film setup for maybe $10-15 Grand with several lenses and accessories etc. Digital Medium format setups with Leaf backs that are required for getting serious results in Fashion, also require a Mac Pro computer with appropriate pro monitor, along with all the software ....Capture one and full Photoshop along with the expertise to use it. Possibly training costs associated with the software etc. We're talking maybe $40-50 Grand realistically which is daunting. Then putting a book together to start out .....real models/real hair and make-up people which make or break a shoot for real. How does someone do this? Even if they have assisted....to go out on your own (presuming the confidence, ability and reasonable contacts are already there) when the barrier to entry on gear needed is so outrageously high in order to compete? Thanks for responses.