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Around 1943 I got traumatized. This was the thick of WWII, and cameras were hard to find. I was lucky enough to find a little non-range-finder 35mm camera called a Wirgin, if I remember correctly. I think I found it in a large camera store in Chicago, where I was living. I took it with me on vacation to New York. At the end of a roll of Kodachrome, I took some pictures of flowers in a friend's garden. The camera was pretty small and light, and my hand-held exposures were generally at 1/100. On returning to Chicago, I took the camera and pictures to the lab where I was working to show off to a colleague. The bastard started examining the frames with a 20X magnifier and announced: "Your camera is no good; they're not sharp." Then, when he got to the last of the lot, he exclaimed: "This one is sharp." The last picture was taken with the camera on a tripod, as the sun was going down. I was so traumatized by this experience that for the next 55 years, I was reluctant to shoot hand-held at less than 1/250. Happily, some of the postings by Ted Grant have taught me to do better. Herb -- Herbert Kanner kanner at acm.org 650-326-8204 Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will pee on your computer!