I have been a lurker on the board for years and used come here when there was no digital . 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. I got it when I was like 8 years old. I loved this camera as a child. 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 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 what not. It was always clumsy and like carrying a brick. I than got my first digital SLR in 2004 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. 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 as small as my G9 and it interchangeable lenses. It was very light and I liked it a lot. The downside was as it did not have a viewfinder the screen was almost impossible to see in bright sunlight. Even with the external EVF it was tough. After I used it for about 6 months I sold it as it drove me crazy. I went back to Canon. I bought a Canon T2i (550D) and the 15-85mm EF-S. Though the T2i is not huge by DSLR standards, between the body and the lens its pretty substantial. The 15-85mm is a brilliant lens but weighs as much as the body if not more. I have had the camera for almost 3 years and frankly I have not used it that much. Its just a bother and its really heavy so I end up leaving it home a lot of the time. I also have the following: 70-300mm EF Diffractive optics zoom 100mm EF macro 10-22mm EF-S wide angle 430EX flash Not sure why I have it. 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 6 months I have been pondering getting rid of it all. Not sure yet. The one thing is for sure is I never like dragging this stuff around with me. I have nothing bad to say about the Canon, the camera or its lenses. The equipment works brilliantly and takes amazing 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. Its just too much stuff. When I had my G9, 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. 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 am contemplating getting another camera - either one of the Fuji X-Mounts (X20, XE1/2 or X100S), Olympus OMD EM5, new Nikon Coolpix A compact or maybe a Sony NEX. 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 or if it was all integrated that would work too. 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 do love taking pictures and I took the most pictures in my entire life when I had my G9. 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.