So I had about 2 hours today to hit the street. The GXR took me for our maiden voyage. I didn't have that virgin anxious feeling with the camera. I guess it's partially due to my experience with other Ricoh cameras most notably, the GRD cameras. The camera struggled with me but I was the happy content fool that I always am. It's definitely a serious camera for the serious shooters. It kinda makes you not think but just trust yourself and it and be intuitive. I didn't read the manual. It even does color. Imagine that, my camera doing color....hmmmm I used the A12 28mm because that has the most appeal for what I do and how I see. The GXR has an almost benign presence. It really kinda disappears in the crowd and thus you do also. The camera thinks faster than I do and it led me to this image. With a viewfinder, I couldn't do this stuff. The mere sight of a camera at the eye, immediately raises a flag to the subject. It's a very fast machine. It's extremely responsive and intuitive, I love the feel of it in my hand but I never notice it's even there, neither does the subject....well, let's not get carried away shooter... What I totally enjoy about not using a finder is the interaction that comes without fear, anxiety and paranoia from my subject or myself. This woman is the only one who reacted to me pushing a lens in her face. After I made the exposure, she called me over to ask why I made the photo. I walked back gently and said..."I can't resist the face of a beautiful woman". She smiled and told me I was a crazy SOB. I smiled and walked away with a photo I really like.