I mostly shoot landscapes, architecture and people. Very occasionally I will do some macro stuff. Never sports or fast moving stuff. I apologize in advance for the long winded post. I have been taking pictures since I was a kid. My very first camera as a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 10 . I still have it in the original box. Eventually I got my first 35mm film camera which was a water resistant Olympus point and shoot. It was small and very basic. Eventually I outgrew and got another Olympus point and show which had a power zoom lens and a lot more creative control. I outgrew that one as well so when I got out of college everyone told me I should get an SLR. I have always been drawn to the Leica's and their M mounts. It has always seemed like an elegant solution to photography. Especially the M9 with its full frame sensor. The body is not so large and neither are the lenses. But that being said the Leica's are way, way out of my budget. I got a Canon Elan IIe film camera with a 28-105mm lens. Nice camera and we grew together but it was always a bit of a pain to carry. Carrying an SLR was in no way like carrying a point and shoot. I used to take the camera on vacations and trips. It was always clumsy and like carrying a brick. I than got my first DSLR when I bought a second hand Canon 10D. I picked the Canon because it could use my existing lenses and other Canon stuff. The 10D was a tank - all metal body and it was really heavy. A much heavier brick. Eventually the weight got to me so when Canon introduced the G9 I bought it. I used the G9 a lot - so much that the 10D just sat on the shelf collecting dust for a year. I sold the 10D and all I had was the G9. I loved the G9 and it took great pictures in bright sunlight. I had the leather case for it so it was like having a baby Leica. The high ISO was not great but it was ok. The downside was the auto focus was slow and rapid shooting was not so good but I took it everywhere as it was small and compact. Than one day after using it solid for 4 years the G9 jammed open. I got it repaired and than sold it for a Panasonic GF1. The GF1 was very light and I liked it a lot. I took amazing pictures with it and even when blown up on a screen I couldn't tell the difference between those taken with the GF1 and a DSLR. The downside was the screen was almost impossible to see in bright sunlight. Even with the external EVF it was tough at times. After I used it for about 6 months I sold it as it drove me crazy. I admit now I didn't give it enough time. I went back to Canon about 4 years ago after I sold the GF1 (mistake #1). I bought a Canon T2i (mistake #3) and the 15-85mm EF-S (mistake #4). Though the T2i is not huge by DSLR standards, between the body and the lens its pretty heavy and bulky. I realized again that I detest carrying it which is why I sold the 10D - duh, I know right? LOL. Its just a bother and its really heavy so I end up leaving it home a lot of the time. I also have some other Canon lenses including a 100mm macro, 70-300mm DO and 10-22mm wide angle. The equipment works great and takes great pictures but taking all this stuff or even a piece of it is just like dragging around a millstone. I have a small pack that carries the body and one lens and no more. I also have a backpack that carries everything as well as a super light travel tripod but if I had to carry all this stuff I would drop a brick on my head. Though I a not sure why I have it all. I had high ambitions of using it. But every time I want to go out, the thought of dragging all this stuff with me turns me off. For the past 1 1/2 years months I have been pondering getting rid of it all. Streamline my hobby When I had my G9 and GF1, I would just pick it up and walk out the door with it. No fuss, no muss and even going on vacation it was like carrying nothing at all. Earlier this year I bought a Canon EOS M. The price was right and I figured I could use my existing Canon lenses and it was tiny. I read all the horror stories of it being slow but I can truthfully say its not any slower than a Fuji X100 or XE1. But its not as fast as my T2i nor my GF1 when I owned it. A couple of other things - all the adjustments to the camera are done on the touch screen which while cool at first is just ok having lived with it AND I never use the adapter. Whats the point of putting these gigantic lenses on this little body - DUH in a HUGE WAY. But it does take phenomenal pictures. I keep reading that Canon will come out with another EOS M body more enthusiast oriented. Eh, I am not so sure. I am contemplating getting another camera - either the Olympus OMD EM5 or the Panasonic GX7. The GX7 has come down in price and the size is perfect. I am not a pixel peeper and frankly I have realized that I don't need all this other "stuff". One primary lens and one ultra wide would do it for me. I prize a small camera, period. I know it sounds kind of stupid that I don't want to carry all this equipment and I feel somewhat foolish about whining about it. I took the most pictures in my entire life when I had my G9 and GF1. I am familiar with that saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. In terms of functionality I know that I do need a viewfinder (or at least the option of one) as well as the ability to control all the functionality so a point and shoot with no controls won't work. Would love to hear what others have to say about this. I can't be the only one thinking like this.