This was the first weekend with my new (to me) M8. Bought it from Tamarkin and I think I had quite a good experience. I've been out with it three times now, all (unfortunately) in less than nice weather, but good enough to evaluate how the camera works. One of those trips I took my M2 along loaded with Kodak Gold 200 and I tried to take the same shots with both cameras. My general impression is that the M8's feel is much the same as the M2, though I do notice the thickness and I also notice the lack of a film advance lever. I don't find the shutter sound volume distracting. It's kind of quirky to get to the battery and card through the baseplate, but hey, it's not like I'm not used to it. The display on full brightness is pretty visible in daylight, but I wouldn't want to have to use it without a viewfinder (as in the X1). The firmware level was fairly old (I've updated since) and I wasn't that impressed with the white balance and I think it tends to overexpose a bit. Hopefully 2.004 will fix this, but it's easily manageable, especially shooting RAW. Picture quality is excellent (even without the IR cut filter), quite competitive to my DSLRs. I definitely enjoyed having a rangefinder around my neck again. Developing the 200 Gold film was a bit frustrating. I took a while to find someone still doing 1 hour film and they developed it badly. There were stains on some frames, the prints were all out of focus, etc. But I was able to scan in the film with my Nikon scanner and get good scans. I found though that the M8's representations of the same scenes had more detail with less grain/noise than my film versions. With a finer grain film, I think they would have been closer. An interesting P.S. to the whole thing, I had a few frames left over on the 36 exposure roll of film and I shot the last few frames with a cheapo Russian screwmount lens and found it did an amazingly good job. Not quite up to the Leica 50/2 Summicron, but not at all bad. Wish I could afford an M9 but not until the price comes down in a few years, probably when the M10 gets here, or possibly the M11.