Hey TMLee,thanks for the feedback.i'll be picking up the R9 in a few days and can't wait! i decided on the 50mm f/1.4 summicron. does anyone think i went too far in bypassing the f/2.0 which is about half the price?i believe this is a pretty versatile lens. and for the others who questioned why at the last minute i went with R instead of M,well---the focusing appeared to be too difficult. the idea of superimposing images in a spontaneous situation did not seem realistic to me. but let me remind everyone that the body and craftsmanship of that M7 is a joy to behold,and almost won me over.but as a man who is 6 feet 2 and 250 pounds,i don't see the R as becoming a physical burden,despite its bulkiness.happy snapping to all!!!!