Peaking is indeed pretty cool. it may not be the answer to manual focusing, but certainly appears to be an excellent tool to go along with magnifying. I fully expect peaking to appear in Panasonic's cameras sooner rather than later - it's not an uncommon feature in video cameras, an area in which Panasonic (and Sony) excel.Good reading.
IMO, the NEX seems like the best the choice for mounting manual focus lenses with its peaking feature. I haven't tried peaking yet, but it seems to be a more accurate and quicker way to manually focus lenses than using a magnify feature on either the Pany G or Oly Pen, unless the magnify feature is an auto-magnify feature (magnifies at the turn of the focus ring), which will not happen with lenses without electronic couplings.
Peaking might actually be better than using a rangefinder patch! Yes, quite sacreligious, particularly coming from the mouth (or keyboard) of a Leica user! But I suppose I better not spew such venom from my mouth just yet, given that I haven't tried peaking yet!
Well said. For me, a backup is a camera that can replace my primary in virtually every way. That means it's usually the same model, for my working cameras. But for personal use a complimentary system is, to me, more useful and more interesting. As much as I prefer using the M9, my m43 system is much better at many things (long lenses, macro, AF.....). I can shoot nearly anything with either but I prefer to have both.Now if slightly switch thought here and think of "complimentary" cameras, the 2x crop factor actually works in my favor. Why? Because I can take the same exact 90mm Leica lens and treat it as a longer telephoto with an equiv FOV of 180mm. See? 1 lens two uses. The M43 cameras also provide telephotos beyond what is feasible with a rangefinder, Autofocus when I want it, AND Macro. All things a rangefinder may not be the best tool for the job.... and with a compact size (body + lens) that doesn't weigh too much more than the M-system by itself.