So the velvia transparencies have come back and from what I can see prior to scanning them the results look great. One snag however, and being an optimist am going to hope this doesn't mess things up too much; despite 'apparently' lining the roll of film up precisely to the red *start* marker the exposures seem to have overlapped slightly on the edges. Some are worse than others and three exposures have not come out at all. The five essential ones are there though. It looks as if this can be fixed in photoshop but will probably be a pain in the butt. However the colours look fantastic and the images themselves are exactly what i was after so any photoshop pain will definitely be worth the effort. hhhhmmm......the joys of film.
Have picked up a cable release and a neutral density filter in town. Now for round two.