Need advice...

Started Mar 17, 2013 | Questions thread
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Adam D Perler Regular Member • Posts: 178
Need advice...

I have been a long time and proud Olympus owner.  I stared with the e-330 and then graduated to an e-3 and then moved on to the e-5.  I have loved my equipment.  About 1 month ago, I had my camera bag stolen out of my car which included my e-5, 12-60, 50-200, and my ec-14.  Thankfully my home owners insurance will help me replace my equipment.  Had I not lost my kit, I planed on looking to see what the e-7 brings as an upgrade to the e-5, especially since I had already had a substantial investment in 4/3rds.  Now I just have my fl50r flash and my 50mm macro lens left.

With that being said, I am trying to decide what to do.  I don't think I want to get the e5 again at  this point, as the e7 is just around the corner and should be a significant step forward.  I was hoping for a hybrid camera that would allow me to take advantage of both lens lineups.

I have two young children so I am shooting action photos, portraits, occasional dance recitals, street candids, and local sports (cycling).  I do some semi-professional stuff, but I mostly would say that I am an advanced enthusiast who occasionally does shoots and sells a gallery photo here and there.

I have about a 5k budget with my replacement money.  I have thought about grabbing an epl5 as a small and cheap solution while I wait out to see whether or not the "pro-omd" will fit the bill this fall.  This way I would be able to have two systems that share the same lenses.

The other option would be to grab the omd-em5 now and with the new lens rebate ($150 per lens), replace the 12-60 and 50-200 and then wait for the e-7 to come out.  Then I will have a take along camera for family stuff (the em5) and the e-7 for any shoots I do.

The final option would be to sit tight and grab a high end point and shoot such as the lx7 ($300 currently) and then wait it out until the fall.  I just want to make sure I don't miss out on any photo opportunities as my girls are growing between now and the Fall announcements.

I got advice from one pro who told me to grab the Lx7 and the Nikon d7100 as this set up will likely compete well with the newer Olympus models for a smaller price tag and would be every bit as versatile.  (d7100 body only is $1100 versus the current price of the e-5 at $1699).

Any advice is welcome.  I have gone back and forth with this and for some reason cannot think clearly.  While I am excited about the new possibilities, I would have rather not been in this situation.  But since I am, I would like to make the most of it.

What would you do given where we are with Olympus.  I have not gotten into the doom and gloom, but perhaps that is because I was heavily invested with equipment.  I have been a huge supporter over the past 10 years, but if I ever were to look at the current competitors, this would be the time.  On the other hand, I am an artistic shooter and have always felt Olympus innovation enhanced my ability to use my equipment in a more artistic way... I guess it is the infamous oly colors.



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