After a couple of years shooting, developing, and contact printing b&w 4x5 film on a pinhole camera, I decided to expand my horizons and shoot 4x5 with a lens, using an old Crown Graphic and Fujinon 135mm. When I had my first roll of Provia developed in a local shop, I asked the owner whether he sold small light tables/boxes. He laughed and said no that digital has eliminated the market for such a thing, saying that he couldn't remember processing 4x5 before my shots. I responded that I'd be shooting digital too, if it didn't cost $20,000 to replicate the quality of my $350 Crown Graphic setup and $300 scanner (that doubles as a means to copy work documents). But I lied. I aspire to having my $650 setup match a $20,000 digital back, but in one respect it never will because a digital camera (even a point-and-shoot) will focus, accurately and fast. In a prior post I idiotically thought of every reason that I was not getting sharp focus on images that looked sharp on the glass except the right one--slow film, thus long exposure, and an unstable tripod. (You think this would have occurred to me as nothing was in focus, at any depth.) This time, with Provia I just took to the shop, I shot at shorter exposure and on more stable ground. My primary test shot was of my daughter wearing a puffy winter coat. I got a crystal clear, razor sharp, full texture detail image, of the front of her coat. Her face, where I attempted to focus about ten seconds earlier, was fuzzy. As it turns out, my daughter wasn't so interested in being a statue while I closed down the lens, set the shutter, and pulled the slide. She shifted her weight back, shuffled her feet maybe, and with the f-stop needed for a fast shutter on 4x5 film, even in daylight (though not bright sun), that's all it took. There are, of course, some obvious solutions. Put the kid on a stool, use faster film, produce or wait for brighter light, etc. I wonder, though, whether are other tricks that I might be missing to minimize the time between focus and shutter release (a solution that costs less than $20,000). Can't imagine what, but thought I'd ask.