Good things come to those who wait.
There is strength in weakness.
I learned two things from my first outing with a 19" Artar.
Blind men can't focus.
What depth of field?
You will become, as I have, familiar with the term, "selective focus".
what was the question again?
"Ever feel really STUPID???"
Yes as a matter of fact...many times but recently one that comes to mind...
I've been using a Gitzo Carbon Fiber G1228 tripod for years wondering from
time to time why the legs just didn't angle out very far, especially for such a
high end tool. Luckily I was always able to work with the limitation. Then one day last year I happened to drop the tripod while navigating down some large boulders and when I picked it up one of the legs was angled out all the way. I examined it and felt like an idiot when I discovered this cleverly designed "stop" which one pulls out enough to open up the angle of the leg. Without this serendipitous event I would likely have eventually gone to my grave not realizing this. I simply don't remember any illustrations or instructions which came with the tripod. Of course not!! Hey it's
not "rock-it" science is it?
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistiguishable from magic" Arthur C. Clarke
That could be the advertising creative idea for that website selling owners manuals: "Amazing new features are just wating for you in your old camera! It is all in the manual!"
Walter, I had exactly the same experience with Gitzo 1228. I also think that I didn't read it on the manual.
I have had always an attitude "there must be something for/against this", but as getting ages, I tend to think "that's all there's to it", too early.