I just completed reading the "Gitzos - Can I Really Go Wrong" thread started by Harrison/Afs. There was a LOT of really good detailed information and opinions there about solutions to our "stability/vibration" problems in photography that arise from shooting at slow speeds or with heavy telephoto lenses or in windy conditions, etc. [[Thanks in particular to Bjørn/Nfoto and John/PJohnP for their enlightening and reasoned explanations and contributions. Very interesting. U guyz B cool.]] But it all got me to thinking.....well, not too deeply or for any length of time since it's New Year's Eve and I must be off soon for the obligatory glass of Taittinger with some friends....but anyway..... it all got me to wondering WHY aren't there other solutions to some of these problems? For example: why don't these big dSLRs of ours have some kind of internal vibration dampening material that prevents that shutter clack from rattling the D2X?? I once damped down my D2X with a giant rubberband stretched around lens, camera and my hands. Worked great except for the stress on the lens mount and the cutting off of circulation in my fingers. For that matter, do we really need a shutter/mirror set in an electronic camera? Couldn't there be some way to just "pulse" electricity through a CCD device and make it actively "record" light for X number of seconds and then stop?? The shutter curtain paradigm presumes that the CCD device or other recording mechanism (like "film" -- whatever that was) is "always on". But couldn't the recording paradigm be "always off" instead? Has anyone heard anything about any radical new camera designs? For example: can lenses be made out of anything other than heavy glass? Is there some new age lightweight NanoWunderPlastic that can focus light rays in a camera lens? I'm not trying to be silly here -- just think about contact lenses for example. What if a 600mm telephoto lens only weighed 2 pounds? It would be very neat, that. Do any of you all think that we will get a 2 pound 600mm f/1.4 ED IF AFS anytime in the reasonably near future??? Sigh. For example: Isn't there any kind of light amplification (i.e. laser) technique that could artifically induce a 600mm focal length out of a actual 300mm focal length?? I can't remember enough optics at the moment to even think whether I'm phrasing this correctly! Just thinking........probably a dangerous practice izzy: HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!