Friend and fellow iPhone Photographer, John Barclay writes in his blog about a newly acquired, used Nikon D-300. I have to admit to a rush of Gear Acquisition Syndrome myself...GAS attack.
After numerous "conversations" with photographer Chris Eastwood I followed his lead and purchased a used Panasonic G series micro 4/3 camera.
I have been on a steadfast path to smaller and smaller cameras ending with the best yet...the iPhone. There are however a few things I miss about a larger camera. Isolation of subject via narrow focus is perhaps what I miss the most. Another thing I seem to need more and more often is a viewfinder. Small cameras are terrific and getting terriffic-er all the time but having everything in focus all the time isn't always an advantage. Also for the once or perhaps twice a year I need a long lens...this will work.
At any rate, the tendency of digital equipment to see it's cost evaporate rather quickly worked in my favor. I found a used G-2 for sale through B&H a trustworthy outfit. The plan was (is) to use my Nikon lenses but B&H also gave me a $100 discount on a lens, so I picked up a pretty sweet f1/7 20mm pancake lens for $249...the same price as the camera body. Good lenses seem to always hold their value.
The camera arrived the other day and I don't think it's ever been out of the box...it's not used at all, still had the manufacturer's registration/warranty card...sweet.
It doesn't fit into my shirt pocket but it does fit quite easily into a jacket pocket...and as we wear jackets 9 or 10 months a year up here there's always a pocket available.
Some images: size comparison with my iPhone and my Canonet 17, a small film camera...and a few shots from the G2.