I've made steady use of the XA2 I got from Steve two or three years ago, and finally picked up an XA today. The big attraction of the XA was the ability to select apertures... In all my shooting, from 35mm to 8x10, I put great emphasis on my choice of depth of field. I don't know this for a fact, but I assume that the XA2 calculates exposures for maximum depth of field. I tend to go the other way... selecting the minimum DOF to cover my subject in a way that pleases me. I shall soon see if the XA controls are more "Tom" friendly in that regard.