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Re: If people like
said by NCC1700 :Certainly not.
Early on in the history of photography still images were all that existed. Someone, somewhere, invented a high-speed shutter mechanism. What was the point? Certainly no one needed such a fast shutter!
Except that until such a shutter was invented, no one truly envisioned the possibility of motion pictures as we know them today.
The high-speed spring-loaded mechanical shutter was developed for *still* photography -- not for motion pictures.
In motion picture cameras, the shutter is a simple disc that rotates once per frame, mechanically synchronized to the intermittent gear. The disc has a cutout in it. The "standard" shutter in the motion picture industry is a 180-degree shutter -- i.e., a semicircular disc. At 24 frames/second, this is equivalent to a shutter speed of 1/48 second.
The reason we didn't get motion pictures until the late 19th century is that there was no film until the late 19th century. You can shoot still photos on glass plates, but not movies!
But film wasn't developed in a "build it and they will come" manner, either. It had direct applications to still photography.