For years I lusted after a 6.2... I really disliked the 'look' of the 8/9 and imagined they'd be heavy, awkward and besides, they were priced way out of my league. I too could never justify the expense when there were so many nice manual focus SLRs around from Contax, Nikon, Minolta etc. I did one day finally get to hold an R8. Wow! It felt perfect, ergonomics were spot-on and the VF was wonderful. If I ever find one affordable (and they do exist!) I am going to fork out the cabbage ;-) Pics I have seen with the mentioned 50 and 90 are stunning too...