I like Ming Thein's writing. I bought his first camera bag design and I use it all the time. His ideas he poured into that bag and the execution make it a unique piece of kit. I also bought a tripod ball head he recommended. I've been reading up on the X1D the last few days as I am a dyed in the wool Nikon guy but looking for something lighter that travels more easily without giving up the quality. Maybe a forced shooting style with just a 45 mm lens is the way to go ... I wish I could try an X1D for a day and see what it feels like.