I feel the need to complain about something, so here I go..............
I struggle to pull out my DSLR gear as often as I should for personal shooting, it's just too bulky for keeping handy for everyday shooting.
Trouble is, I cannot find any digital camera that suits my needs, except for one, but that is too expensive - the Leica M8 (or8.2)
I had a look at some of the better P&S with manual controls, but I just don't like them (including the Leica, I think it was the digilux 4). I would also like interchangeable prime lenses - I dislike zooms a lot.
Surely someone else could come up with a digital rangefinder targeted at street shooting, and it could be reasonably small with the micro four thirds format now out there. Imagine a slightly smaller version of an M Leica with coupled rangefinger. I think for the type of shooters that would use it, a 6mp (if micro or even a standard four thirds chip was used), or even better an APS-C of about 8mp. This would mean great low noise shots thanks to current sensor and processor technology - perfect for reportage type work. I would carry a camera like that with me almost every day. I would be happy to pay about Australian $2000 or so for a body like this, as long as there are a small number of good lenses available to go with it.
I did look at the new baby Olympus SLR, but the range of lenses is limited at least for what I want and is still a bit bulky being a reflex camera. There is no wide prime (a fast, 35mm full frame equivalent is what I would want most), the 25mm pancake(50mm equivalent) is great as it is tiny, but a faster version would be better. The 50mm Macro would also be good for portraits (100mm equivalent). I can only imagine it would be very difficult to manually focus in dim lighting though. I certainly don't want to resort to using flash for this style of shooting.
Since it doesnt to my eyes look like that will happen, I am seriously considering buying a Leica M6 and a couple of lenses and going back to film for my personal shooting. Not Ideal, but al least I can work the way I want to. I love manual focus and who needs autoexposure!
Would love to know what others think