I was asked to give some comments upon the 2.8 GX, so here are some thoughts of mine after a year and a half with the camera. <p> There has been some discussion in the MFD about equipment suitable for lightweight travelling, and the most common response is to suggest a Fuji or Mamiya rangefinder type camera. However, having owned a Fuji 645 I found that I didn't like the vertical orientation of the viewfinder, and having to continually turn the camera on its side for a horizontal shot seemed odd. The Mamiya 6/7 is a great camera if you are satisfied with composing your shots in direct optical viewfinder, and don't mind an all electronic camera. <p> If, like myself, you prefer a two-dimensional reflex arrangement then the fixed lens TLR setup pioneered by Rollei is a good alternative. The standard 80mm focal-length of the Planar lens is useful and gives such quality that one can crop to give a small telephoto effect. The weight is 1.2kg and it is compact in size, whilst the built in meter is accurate, though restricted in its low-light capabilities. The parallax compensation works by moving the screen in proportion to the set distance on the focusing knob. This is clever, though I can't say I have noticed many benefits over the Mamiyaflex's system with a moving indicator in the viewfinder. The main advantage of the Rollei over my old Yashica D is the wide open lens-performance, a total absence of flare, and the bright viewfinder. The latter has a standard microprism/split-image centre spot which is discracting when used with both eyes open at waist-level since the centre goes dark for one of your two eyes. This I got round by changing it for a ground-glass center-spot screen that is a bit slower to focus, but is nicer to compose the image with. It has markings for 6.45 in vertical and horizontal format which are also helpful. <p> The standard camera has a minimum focusing distance of 1 meter so the Rolleinar sets of close-up lenses are worth having. They are lightweight and allow a minimum distance of 0.5 meter and adjust the parallax compensation with the add-on viewfinder lenses. I use B&W bayonet III filters which are excellent, and carry all this in a belt pouch made by Camera Care Systems, together with a small pouch containing my incident lightmeter. This setup is very managable when threaded through the belt of my backpack, it has proved to be robust, and performs fine in sub-zero temperatures (just watch out for the falling dew-drops from a cold nose hitting the focussing screen!). <p> If you are satisfied with the minimalist fixed lens approach, the drawbacks of the camera include the price, the fact that it will soon be unavailable new, and the lack of 220 film capability --- its very annoying to have to change the film in a storm. Minor quirks are the lack of detents on the spool holders that makes film changing more awkward than it need be, the strap fixings that rotate to ensure a twisted strap when you take the camera out to use, and the fact that you cannot fit a filter to protect the viewing lens when one is in place on the taking lens.