So I've been thinking... what would I really miss?

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SirSeth Veteran Member • Posts: 9,880
So I've been thinking... what would I really miss?

I could get a Nikon D7100 + Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 + Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 for about $2400. I'd keep my Tamron SP 300mm f2.8 and Tamron SP 90mm f2.5 because they are easy to port over to Nikon with the Adaptall 2 mount.

My current gear: E-1 with grip, E-3, 11-22mm, 14-54mm v1, 40-150mm v1, 50-200mm v1, FL-36r, FL-50 v1 would fetch a low of $1700 and a high of $2200 on a good day. (Current ebay prices)

If I switched to Nikon, besides the obvious gap left by the 50-200mm (I'd buy a Nikkor 80-400mm eventually to replace it), what would I really miss? Oh, and I'd buy one or two metz flashes. The things that come to mind right away would be the non-sealed lenses, lack of IS, tilt-swivel screen, dust buster, and Olympus color that I've grown accustomed to. I also realize that the D7100 has a small buffer. What I would stand to gain is greatly increased resolution, lighter body, lack of low pass filter (sharper), much better AF, HD movie recording, much cleaner high ISO, 2 useable card slots, a cool crop feature (getting me 4/3rds like focal lengths with good AF coverage), an upgrade path beyond the D7100 and access to macro lenses like the Tamron 90mm and Tokina 100mm and long lenses like the Nikkor 80-400mm and Nikkor 300mm f4 which I have coveted.

I've also considered the OM-D + 12-50mm + 60mm + 100-300mm which goes for about $2300, but I'm not sure I'm actually ready to give up DSLRs for mirrorless quite yet.

And the Pentax K5ii + Sig. 10-20mm + Pentax 18-135mm + Sig. 100-400mm which would take me to about $2700 makes me stop and think as well.

For any of these options I'd have to add $500-700 cash just to move.

I'm not in a rush. Do you think resale will increase on my lenses when Olympus announces an E-7? The thing that got me thinking is that I can't afford an E-5 because I have little to sell if I keep all my lenses. I certainly won't be able to afford an E-7 when it comes out (though I suppose used E-5s will finally be cheap). I could wait for the next OM-D and get a clearance E-M5 I suppose. Moving systems means some money in, but a much newer body with some significant advantages and some decent lens options.

Am I crazy?

Cheers, Seth

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 SirSeth's gear list:SirSeth's gear list
Olympus E-1 Sony Alpha 7 Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm 1:2.8-3.5 SWD Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm 1:2.8-3.5 Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS +4 more
Nikon 1 V1 Nikon D7100 Olympus E-1 Olympus E-3 Olympus E-5 Pentax K-5
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