Not this is likely to be news to anyone, but Pentax is apparently the first of the major camera companies to phase out film cameras. My understanding is that it will be a slow phase out. Digital is to be Pentax's future as I'm sure other film SLRs makers will likely follow too. As someone who likes to lay slides on a lightbox I may ultimately end up being the last person who will hold onto their film SLRs. I realize that film will not disappear overnight. However the other day I saw a beautiful 'Grey Baby TLR' (Rollicord, I believe) I thought about getting it, but becasue film for this format is already so hard to find it would be essentially a dust- gather. 20 years from now I imagine there will be piles of beautiful unused film SLRs too. I had wished that one day I would pass my equipment off to my daughter (not yet 1 year old), but now I suspect by the time she is old enough to get into photography film will be in the rhelm of just a few nuts (like me). Not that I don't see the value of digital; the thought of only having to bring one camera when one is traveling and then change ASAa at random is appealing, as is the thought of not having to travel with tons of film that you are afraid will get messed up in an X-ray is very appealing. And I know it is nice to know that image you just took is the one you want rather than the black-box of having to wait until the developer is done with it. But I don't know, I feel with film I get that sence of satisfaction over a longer period of time. The thrill of catching the orginal image the thrill later of seeing that it worked (or the disapointment that it didn't) and the long term satisfaction of having a physical represenation of the image. It's like the feel of a well used baseball mit. Sigh. Well, here's to the Blacksmiths and Milkmen of old. Cheers!