I notice many of the films, lenses and cameras mentioned on this forum are not familiar to me. I am no stranger to photography. I have been doing my own 35mm black and white work for forty years, and 4x5 since 1982. I suspect much of my equipment is older than many of the younger forum participants. (My M3 Leica was made in 1958, my two Nikon F bodies in 1973 and 1974. My Nikor film reels are from the 1930s. Even my Vivitar 283 flashes and tripods are over twenty years old.) Are today's cameras, lenses, etc "better"? There has certainly been progress over the years. The 283s still seem marvelous to me. I can remember using bulbs and AC electronic flash, which needed an outlet to recharge between flashes! What does all this mean to the younger members of the forum? You need to give critical evaluation to responses. When I respond to postings, I do so in good faith to share what I have learned over the years. What I describe is what has worked or not worked for me. Is that sage advice or outdated? I have seen many responses on this forum which reflect a wealth of experience. I have also seen some which are, frankly, totally incorrect. Equipment is continually changing. The principles of exposing light sensitive material through lenses have not. Nor has the need to develop critical thinking. Many times the best answer is learned by trying it and seeing what happens.