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I sometimes miss my E-510; the sensor in it produced very nice images; it fit nicely in the hand, and had an optical viewfinder. But my E-M5, which takes its place, has some benefits I enjoy. I find using legacy lenses with it more enjoyable, and the IBIS in low light is occasionally a godsend. But I understand your liking the E-system DSLR's. Even now I'm tempted to get an E-30, but I no longer have any original 4/3 glass, so micro will be my way forward unless I ditch it an move on to something else, which is very unlikely.I loved the old E-420. Especially with the Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 pancake on it. Oly got it right with that little camera and the lack of IBIS didn't really make much of a difference if you knew what you were doing.
Meanwhile, I am actively working on paring down my photo kit and have let four cameras go in the past week.
Having fewer choices does make things easier... I remember when I first started in "real" photography (insert giggle) I had one 50mm lens and one film camera. Want to take photos... easy. Now I have so many I have to really think about what I want to photograph before I leave the house. Crazy. I need to get back to basics. Not necessarily one camera and one lens, but certainly not the sheer quantity of "stuff" I have right now.... prefer less choices to have to make.
For me, theres too much, too often, and too expensive for me... at the time. It doesn't stop me wanting new gear but being as financially challenged as I am, theres a kind of brake on. I suppose I could have bought the Ricoh GR or the RX100 instead of the Nikon 1 stuff, but that was what I wanted at the time. I could have bought a lot of things which have been discussed on forums (RX1, you betcha) but I am not able to do so without selling nearly everything else I own and when it comes down to it, I don't really want to. So, like you, Jock, I am trying to make the best of what I have for now.
Well said. I recently reached this point. But I did not have the words to express it as well as you have.So, I give up. I am not going to pine for more choices. I am going to run the wheels off the cameras I already have, take them to -- and perhaps beyond -- the absolute technical limit of what they can do.
Yes, there is supporting evidence of that factGo for it, Ryan. Try it - you can always change your mind.