A $3000 system?

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A $3000 system?
Mar 24, 2012

Hi, everyone.

I'm new to this forum. I have been using my Canon 500D(T1i) with 18-55/50,1.8 for three years. I feel it's time for me to get a new system. I have a budget of roughly $3000.

Many friends recommend D800. However, the system is way above my budget. The D7000 or A77 system look reasonable. However, they are a little boring. I'd like to give the mirrorless system a try. I've been considering nex-7 and EM-5 intensely. I prefer m43 because the lens options are much broader. BTW, I prefer auto-focus lenses.

I realize that the m43 has a smaller sensor, which may potentially mean worse IQ and DR. I also see that there are some good lenses like 12, 2 25, 1.4 and 45, 1.8. Lenses of this quality usually cost more than $1000 each on other systems. I really don't know what kind of result a smaller sensor & better lens combo would achieve.

I would like to hear some suggestion from you guys here. What system would you choose given $3000 budget? How would you choose the lenses?

Thanks,

Desmond
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