Ok, I got it, I think.
All this talk about the G9, about getting a smaller DSLR with really hi-quality, no-frills features reminded me of something I came across on the net. Gordon, you know how you were saying that Canon, for instance, have got something solid going on with their DSLR range, and thus, why would they want to "rock the boat"?... Agreed. The accountants won. But not always, even in Japan.
Here's what I am getting at: Voigtlander cameras. Now, I know they are 35mm film cameras, built like in 1945. But, heck, for some reason, I really like them. They are made by Cosina in Japan, if I'm not mistaken, and they reek of "accountants loosing, and enthusiasts winning", if you know what I mean. I think this is what we we are wishing the G9 would be like - what we are taking about when we are speculating about what the G9 ought to be.
Now, check out the links below, and tell me if what we have talked about, kinda "hinted" at without really knowing what the issue was, was not about wishing for the following - I know that this is what I really, really would want the G9 to be like:
- A Voigtlander camera (see first two links), with the choice of related lenses (see third link), AND with a 3" screen at the back, in other words, a digital version. Make that 12MP, no other features than what they already have. Just add Digital to the mix. Old-fashion cool, me say, with hi-quality lenses. Enough talk, check it out:
Now, tell me if the G9 does not hint at that kind of Voigtlander "look"?...I think it does. So there are cases where enthusiasm wins over bean-counting. Damn, it's so close, yet so far!...