My good buddy David wrote in part:
The R8 is considerably larger. And it's styling makes it look much larger than it is! That being said, it's no larger/heavier than an F/Photomic combo, and a helluva lot better.
The R8 has the best finder in the lot, better than anything I've seen out of Canon or Nikon - at any price. Slightly better than the SL's finder and noticeably better than the R3 through R7 finders. As well, it is classed as a High-Eyepoint finder. Not as good (though a lot brighter!) as the Nikon F3-HP finder, but better than just about anything else. I can see the whole finder wearing glasses. Not so easy with the R6/6.2.
The R6 has noticeable mirror slap. Surprisingly, the R8 does not. Now, I realize that most of the commotion is on the way down, but the R8's mirror is so well damped on the way up, it feels much more like an 'M' when you press the button. And the sound level is the lowest of any SLR I've ever used.
However, I found the R8/R6 combination very hard to work with. The switch from the R8 to the R6 was not intuitive. The switch from the R8 to the SL (when using two cameras) was intuitive. That's why I sold my R6 and bought the SL.
The only problem is that the SL, lovely camera that it is, languishes in my kit - rarely used. The R8 is such a joy to use, the SL (as the R6) gets ignored.
But it's a great standby when you drop your R8........ :-)
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