I am as devoted a serious compact follower as anyone. I moved from a Canon 5D to an Olympus E30 and then to serious compacts almost exclusively (the Ricoh GRD2 was my first serious compact and I was hooked). Every now and then I pick up the E30, but it's pretty much been compacts for a long while now and it's been great. For most purposes compacts fit the bill, but indeed they have limits. I've also dabbled with film and there are times when I wish I still had my Zeiss Ikon. But film was time consuming to deal with and expensive. But... those Zeiss lenses! Oh my! So as a little more time is opening up for photography (slowly, slowly) I'm getting more serious about some of my landscape work. And I'm having dreamy thoughts of what I could do with a Nikon D700 and a couple of Zeiss manual focus lenses... Wondering... One thing I know is that lens quality counts! And since I do a lot of B&W work dynamic range and a useful range of tones is important to me, and compacts can have limits in those areas. Then again, at other times I think well why don't I simplify my collection of serious compacts and use them to focus on the art work itself. The quality may not be up to my critical eye, but in truth I really shouldfocus my work on what I want to do with my photography - focus on the message, not the messenger. As a serious compact enthusiast have you ever considered "up" grading or returning to a larger camera for specific purposes?