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Dan, Although I've only been using a Leica for a couple of weeks now ive been into photography a lot longer. I think I got my first camera when i was about 10, a Zenith very unreliable and it weighed a ton. Then a got a S/H Oly OM1 for my 16th birthday and i havent looked back since. I wanted to better my picures so i went to college and did an A level in photography, at this time i was into the likes of Adams and Weston, there work really inspired me and for a long time i shot mainly b+w. College opened up the chance to go to University and do a degree in photography, which i must say was extremly rewarding because they gave you complete freedom to express youself in any way you want. And i learnt alot about using photography as a means of communication. At this time i was heavily influenced by the NY photographer Lee Friedlander although i was working mainly in colour. At the end of my degree i produced a book called Open Places which in fact was the opposite, full of urban landscape. I aslo like to add humor/irony to my images as it can make them more interesting. I seem to go though stages when it comes to subjects to photograph although im still doing urban landscapes there of smaller towns in more rural areas now as opposed to the big cities i did at University, but i suppose its part of the natural wanting to do some thing different than what went before. I would idealy like to travel to the states and see what images i could pluk out there, follow the footsteps of Friedlander and the like, its gonna happen one day. But now I have the Leica, if someone had showed me the pictures these things can make a while ago i woukld have been using one for years already. I realy like the Leica, its a true photographers camera everything you need with none of the B'shit. Easy to use, great detail and that contrast, it just makes me melt. Cant stay got to get out and shoot that film. Many Regards Edd _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com.