Hi Folks -
OK, so a couple of nights ago, I posted this:
[OK, so it seems that I use the same salutation over and over, but I digress]
Zippy, Sparkless Ingition, offered this: "Is it really showing 8 secs or or just 1/8 sec? odd issue indeed, unless that's the case."
At first, I replied that it was, in fact, set at 8 seconds because...well...the LCD read 8. Nope, I was completely wrong and Zippy nailed it: It was set at 1/8. Whilst dicking with the camera this evening (technical photography term) I was playing with the adjustment thumb wheel and noticed that the shutter speed kept going down and then started to get larger again until it reached 30. So it went something like 8, 6, 5, 4, 2.5, 2, 1.3, 1, 1.3, 2, 2.5, 4, 5, 6, 8...30 Huh? So I set it to the "other" 8, hit the shutter release, and boom: 8 seconds of exposure, just like that.
So, I'm feeling silly. But this has been educational.
Thanks to all of you that tried to help.