Xma is over, thank God ! It was the first time around for my husband and I as a family to have our folks from both sides at our house, and to be honest, quite an ordeal, lol. I was super busy with an army of guests to feed and entertain, and had VERY little time/attention to devote to taking picture. However, after realizing my mother-in-law was snapping with her compact, and my sister-in-law was shooting the 3.5-5.6 slow zoom on the m4/3 body I bought for her a year ago, I knew I HAD to give the NEX a spin if I wanted some clean, quality memories of the event. For decently wide focal coverage coupled with fast aperture, I had selected my awesome PEN F 38/1.8 lens. It's one of the very finest in my manual arsenal, and I stepped it down to F2 and "snapped" away, as much as snapping is possible while manual focusing a fast prime in dim light. Thanks to my great habit of peaking, I was able to get little OOF shots, and quite a bit of keepers. However, the process reminded me of my first vacation with the NEX : while you're shooting you're mightily frutrasted and keep planning on getting another, properly autofocusing camera. Then upon transfering the captures on the computer you realize the NEX sensor is so darn good, and the DOF control is so sweet (not to mention low noise, excellent detail, etc), you know you just can't leave the format for a smaller, m4/3 chip for instance... Sure, if a GX-2 was released with integrated corner EVF, AND had Peaking bulit-in, that would become a very, very tempting proposition... This last one is without flash. I decided to try a little different set-up for a while, maybe trying to trust a semi-automated mode (A) and see how I like auto metering and the high ISO capabilities of the body..