[QUOTE="Geoffrey S. Mendelson"]\nI'm afraid we are perceived as dodos.\n\nGeoff.[/QUOTE]\n\nListen you two - if and when you get a chance, go visit an exhibit of bw\nsilver based prints. The particular photographer is not really important -\njust make sure that it is an exhibit of properly processed prints...you can\nbe sure the "name" exhibits have such prints. Take a close look at the\nprints. Dodos and dinosaurs we may be...but that look/feel/presence is\nsomething I for one have yet to see in a digital.\n\nYes, a digital is fast, quick, and instant gratifying as compared to that\nsilver gelatine print. But all the hype notwithstanding, time will be the\nreal test of digital's archivalness.\n\nThe really fun experience is to go to the Ansel Adams Gallery at Yosemite\nVillage to purchase one of the two dozen or so images which Adams in his\nwill left with instructions that photographic prints be made available to\nthe general public at reasonable cost. (That reasonable cost these days,\nbtw, is 5.) The advice is to go when there is not a whole lot of folks\naround (early, early, early in the day) so you can get some undivided\nattention. After selecting the image you want, ask to see minimum three\nprints of that image and study them. There will be differences because\nthese are handmade, not machine created. Pick the one you like best...I go\nfor the one with the most detail in the shadows and in the hightlights. If\nI have to give up one, I give up the highlights. I have never failed to get\na comment from the clerk to the effect that all the prints are the same -\nthen I point out to him/her the key differences among the prints before us\nof that same image.\n\nNow go to the display of machine prints ( each the last time I checked)\nand do the same comparison/comparison. Lo and behold - no difference\namongst the lot! And the look and feel of these are not at all the same as\nthose silver gelatine prints.