A few months ago I'm staring at a box full of those little yellow packets that Kodak used to mail you your processed slides. Are you old enough to remember lead lined bags to keep film safe from airport xray machines? If you were clever you'd get them to hand inspect your camera and film but eventually there was no avoiding the dreaded fear of fog. So the strategy was to travel with those bright yellow pre-paid envelopes, buy your film on the road and when you got home there would be a stack of slides waiting for you in those little yellow boxes- oh joy, you take the picture we do the rest! So I'm sitting there thinking "scanner" to convert it all to digital and after two months of reading everything I can and agonizing over which scanner to buy I decided to order the Epson V700. Yes, it's a compromise but I'm pretty good at post processing and understand I'm going to have to work like heck to get the quality out of the image, but what the hey, I shoot with a D100 so a half-hour of tweaking a keeper isn't all that unusual. And then it hits me, if I'm going to have a scanner I can actually start shooting film again. Frankly, I'd pretty much abandoned B&W when I went digital. I came of age photographically speaking when it was tragically hip to run Rodinal in your bathroom and casually mention how a certain image failed to dynamically span all Zones. Digital B&W just never appealed, never had the quality of thus lustrous tones of black. The idea of hanging around a cafe with a Leica around my neck and a cigarette from my lip seemed about as valid as my middle aged neighbor's decision to buy a corvette; oh to be an artiste! But what camera? I'll just pick up an M6 and a couple of dozen lens and .... hello is that the morning alarm? I was having such a pleasant dream. And so the search begins. I'm looking at CameraQuest and thinking....hmmm, Bessa! It has that rangefinder panache and looks just like a Leica (think Seiko instead of Rolex) and I could do this financially, wonder if its any good? So another two weeks of reading and sweating the details of technology I haven't looked at in years. How about a Contax G system - sweet! Ha, try finding one in good shape. Maybe a Yashica? Canonnet? I'm chasing my tail yo-yoing from one extreme to another. And then I see it. On Ebay, calling my name. A perfectly new Bessa R2a in black with a 40 Noctor and viewfinder, like new from a woman that swears she's run only 10 rolls through it. She seems nice, thoughtful, assuring. It's an incredible bargain at a "buy it now" of only $525.00. Should I do it? It midnight. I'm reading the pros and cons one last time. OK, I'm doing it, hell I could sell that lens if I had to and almost break even. It's 1:00 AM. I go back to the item and OH THE HUMANITY! someone else bought it! I turn on my best "Nancy Karrigan wai" WHY?? WHY??? WHY??? He who hesitates is lost! Now I'm depressed, give it a rest. So I start thinking about what I'm looking for in a camera. Small, light, black, manual, but auto exposure too. I'm only going to shoot B&W, and only 35mm wide. Well I've got a perfectly good Nikkor that's dead sharp - is it back to the future with Nikon? How about an EM? Nope, just too toyish to appeal to me. But then I start looking at an FG. Hmm, same size as an EM, seems pretty respectable, but not really a pro camera, but heck lets take a look. So there I am at KEH's site and there she sits, a black FG rated EX+ for a few bucks over $100.00. This time no one is snatching this baby away from me. So in a few days time I'll be shooting B&W, and probobly in a few weeks I'll get it out of my system. Heck I dont even know what film I should use? Do they still even make TRI-X??