Folks are occasionally surprised to hear that I acquired my 35mm Contax G in early 2002, a year after my digital Canon G. I got the digital in the hope of supplanting my 35mm SLRs, but instead found it in turn supplanted by a 35mm rangefinder.
I tried to carry the digital every day every day I found myself losing shots. Now I carry the Contax every day, and the sense of lost shots is far more rare. It's simply more capable: instant-on, predictable focus, dependable, fast.
I expect to return to the digicam fold sooner or later, of course fact I get terribly impatient with it. I ran into Eric Cheng over the weekend was toting-along the current leader of the pack, a Canon D1s with a hefty zoom. It looked reasonably fast, and even pretty quiet. The color from it looks crisp and clear. But it's still huge & costs more than a new Kia. Argh.
C'mon Contax/Minolta/Konica/Nikon, where's that "digital Hexar"????
Ah well, time to stop typing & go get fixer on my fingers.