I see what you're saying. I know photo teachers working today who insist that students set everything on their cameras to manual. I understand the logic. But they're doing it because when "we" were starting we used Pentax K100s and other cameras that forced you to work that way. I don't even teach film photography that way, but that's another post. My point is that manual focus is very hard to get right with small sensor digital cameras and kit lenses. The viewfinders tend to be tunnels, you've got nothing like a split finder to help and the focus rings are terribly loose. Sunny/16 doesn't work as well if you're shooting jpgs, either. There's no going back, it's true. What I know about myself is that having taken 36 pictures in an entire outing, having worked slow, learned about hyperfocal lengths and the rest has contributed to how I use and more importantly understand digital cameras. And I agree entirely. Photography, as Cartier Bresson said, is about the eye, mind and heart, not shutter speeds, apertures and iso. I guess we bring what we have to new technologies. I certainly did not mean to imply that NOT having worked with film is any sort of handicap.