ok so i have to do this plant biology project, where I track changes in plants as they grow for the next two weeks. this ideally means pictures of very small flower parts and other plant parts. I can't spend enough to get a digital SLR, but would still like good close-up pictures that I can present to a small classroom. basically my photos need to be pretty decent, but not amazing, and I don't ever plan to make money off photography, though if I buy a camera I figure I should buy something that'll let me learn how to use a *real* camera proficiently. I'm thinking about buying an older film slr and a macro lens. I figure I can spend up to 250, but I don't want to spend more (if I can't get something that's worth it within that amount, then I'll suck it up and draw pictures out lol) One thing I couldn't figure out from looking around online was whether I need to develop my own pictures to get good pictures, whether I can do that with color film without too much trouble, and whether it's tougher than http://www.wikihow.com/Develop-Color-Film sounds like. I have plenty time to spend doing it,but if it's a technique it takes a long time to get right, then I maybe shouldn't count on turning any good at it on my first try. Also, http://detroit.craigslist.org/pho/328455431.html is an ad for a Canon AE1 Program that has a macro lens. I hear the AE1 was/is good, but I don't know about the macro lens. http://annarbor.craigslist.org/pho/325532569.html is an ad for a Minolta Maxxum 600si. I don't know anything about that, is it a good place to start, and if I buy that, do you know what to look for in a macro lens that'd be good but not too pricey? Thanks for your time, guys, hope this post isn't too noobish or awful.