Another of "those" threads. Help me choose!

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Another of "those" threads. Help me choose!
Mar 22, 2013

Ok, here's the skinny. I picked up an Oly e-510 a few years back and within the last year I have gotten a lot of use out of it. I am still extremely green, but I know I like high contrast (B&W) and long exposure. I tend to try to get stuff a tad on the abstract side.

I got a little into IR images and that got me hooked. I dug through groups on Flickr and found I really liked the ND stuff as well, so I gave the ND400 a shot and really liked the results. However, I have noticed when I get really into dusk and night shots I feel like I don't get the definition I would like. I feel like my lights are always out. I almost always leave the camera in ISO at 100 since if I go over that, it starts looking funky.

I tried to get out to shoot some pics of the comet last week and decided maybe it was the camera since I picked up a Zuiko 12-60 which is supposed to be pretty decent and was not getting results much better than I did with the kit lenses. I've tried legacy glass with the same result. I get some good pics in oddly lit daytime, but not in poor light.

I do realize that this may have a lot to do with the operator, as I still have gobs to learn.

However, I have had a bug for a while to get a new camera. I was very interested in trying something different since I have had Canon P&S for figgin ever. I've always been intrigued by Canon DSLRs, but I wanted to try a Nikon. I was about to pull the trigger on a d5100 (I can't afford the d7000 or d5200) when a friend commented about the OMD. Now, as I can't afford a d7000, I can't afford an OMD. But, looking around I see the EPL5 and EPM2 share the sensor.

Then I got into looking at the NEX and the reviews on the low light seem pretty darn good.

I do not need video. I do not need a million lens choices. But, I am on a limited budget, so the NEX lenses seem to be close to a deal breaker there. I would like to get more into macro shooting, I have tried car racing, but I find the most pleasure in long exposure stuff.

Are there any m43s I can look at that I haven't really explored? I like the looks of the Fuji, but it gets back into the lens thing again. I do almost all of my shooting under 100mm with the e-510, and seem to be happiest around 14mm-50mm, basically the low end of the zoom kit for portraits and the full range of the small kit lens and the 12-60 for outdoors shots. I like the idea of a DSLR, but as I see a lot of you mention over and over, overall reduction in size and weight will get the camera out more, to get more usage.

I know I'm not a professional, but I do want to get better and explore more into the dark recesses of time and space to get fun and weird pics so I want something super rad, but don't want to drop $1k either. I do have a P&S that I can use for candids and outings. This is mostly for fun days outside as a hobby, and I won't be printing anything off. Basically I'm trying to see if I can get a m43 camera and something to help me get a little more out of a hobby, or if I should get the d5100 with a 35mm prime and an 18-105, then save for a macro. Help me choose!!

Examples of what I've been shooting below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/98832065@N00/8396662427/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/98832065@N00/8484981414/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/98832065@N00/8563072155/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/98832065@N00/8014351959/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/98832065@N00/7925137134/

Nikon D5100 Nikon D5200 Nikon D7000 Olympus E-5 Olympus PEN E-PL5 Olympus PEN E-PM2
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