Rather than getting bogged down over which DSLR has the best microphone socket and lug straps, and then discussing it for 7 days on a 500 page thread, some take the approach that I too prefer. Get your arse outside. Shoot something. Preferably not your arse!
(Rig by Jay Shaffer)
Good news. I have received a rumour from a very good source close to the Panasonic group that the Panasonic GH2 features manual audio control.