Being a commited Nikon F3 user I was a bit sceptical when I travelled to Germany and picked up one for a good friend, along with two lenses. As I had to travel a fair bit I left my cameras home and used the R8 for my travels.
I was not that impressed to be honest, and was pining for my beloved F3.
Upon arriving home, then visiting my friend in the country with his camera and also having mine along, I started to realise that the R8 really was quite a camera and my fantastic F3 bodies were quite good, but, the R8 seemed to almost do everything the F3 did, but differently!
I now know that if I won the lottery, I would buy an R8.
Tom, if it wasn't for the fact I'm trying to get into medium format, I would have a serious look at used R8 stuff.