Wow! Been busy for a bit hence couldn't reply. Great posts ladies and gents! I see, quite a number of minimalists in the crowd, surprisingly.
As for m4/3rds. Yes I've definitely considered it. It's almost like a Leica. But the tech is still in its infancy, and I'd rather go with something tried and tested. But I'm definitely keeping a look out for it. Though I did handle my friend's EP1 very briefly. It felt alot like shooting with a consumer camera, didn't really enjoy it. For me the D3100/550D size would be the smallest I'd go as a compromise for pocketability or rather "baggability" and ergonomics.
It's tough though. I tried the D5000 and didn't like it one bit. Put the D3100 in my hands and it was a different story. I guess its not just the size but the feel - and that's very subjective of course.
Interesting to see a D700 user going with a relatively small lens.
The tragedy for Nikon users who like to shoot wide is the dearth of new AF-S wide angle DX lenses. The 35 F1.8 is about the only DX lens. The 14-24 is very tempting BUT its too expensive and heavy. And it's a zoom!!! Sigh. Any options for small, light and affordable wide angle lenses that can AF with a motorless D3100?
Btw, would love to organise a prime lens/minimalist CS'er outing. Would love to meet up with some of you guys and shoot. Maybe after I return from China and before I fly home for Xmas. Anyone interested? Will post a separate thread some time soon!