There is such a thing as digital technique. At present many digitals require a delay between focus lock-on and shutter release. To get around that problem, pre-focus by holding the shutter release button half-way down to establish focus; then compose for the shot and take it. The technique is similar to the Leica threaded bodies, where you had to use the rangefinder first, then compose in the viewfinder. Both fields were separate. In the M Leica series, they were combined. Cartier-Bresson would preset his Leicas for DOF and not bother to focus for the individual subjects. That works really well with a 35mm lens. In street and journalism photography, DOF is the way to go. In DSLR's, like the Nikon D70, the delay is minimal and not a problem. However, even the D70 will hang up if there's not enough light to get a focus-lock on the subject or the scene doesn't have a clear line to focus on. A digital will give you a hard time if you shoot in fog, unless you switch to Manual mode. That's best done with a good DSLR, like a D70, that has a manual focus switch. Bob -----Original Message----- From: rstein@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Mon, 25 Dec 2006 11:45 PM Subject: [pure-silver] Re: Amusing Kodak commercial Dear Dana, You may be right. The digital camera seems to be made by Canon and is a Powershot S2. I imagine in other hands it would perform wonders - in mine it makes a fine paperweight. I cannot imagine that even in clear open sun I could coerce it into firing when I wanted it to. Indeed I need to exercise my powers of anticipation when I use my Hasselblad 500-series cameras during our fighting contests. There is a very small interval to capture a sword stroke. The bleeding you can pose as much as you like.... I shall not condemn digital completely out of hand as one of my holiday presents was a very large Epson scanner. I am told by the donor that this will enable me to scan negatives and put them on a website, which is also part of the present. I shall wait patiently - I note that the scanner will even take my 8 x 10 negs as well as all the smaller sizes. Perhaps good will come of it. Meantime it is back into the dark after tea and tonight it is 35mm negs printed to full-plate size prints with borders. Three hours in the dark with old-tyme radio and a pot of coffee. I love the life of luxury.... Uncle Dick PS: I do have SOME manifestations of modernity in my life. I shoot a cap-lock shotgun sometimes. Fair go.... ============================================================================================================= To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there. ________________________________________________________________________ Check out the new AOL. Most comprehensive set of free safety and security tools, free access to millions of high-quality videos from across the web, free AOL Mail and more.