Our Mirrorless Conversion Is Nearly Complete

Our move to the micro 4/3 mirrorless world is nearly complete with the acquisition of this very lightly used Olympus OM-D E-M10 and accompanying 14-42mm lens:

This camera complements the OM-D E-M5 and Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens I bought back in December and will allow Pam and I to be able to share bodies and lenses in the micro 4/3 format. My thinking is that I'll shoot with the E-M10 most of the time and Pam will use the E-M5 but we'll see once both of us get a chance to use each camera. I still have a couple lenses to get, probably a "superzoom" 14-140 which will live on Pam's camera most of the time along with a couple more prime lenses for me and maybe the sweet 60mm Olympus macro lens.

Why we're switching from traditional dslr's

When I got back into photography in 2011 I purchased a Canon T3i DSLR and later a Rebel Xsi for Pam. At the time if you wanted a "serious" camera a traditional DSLR was just about the only choice. Micro 4/3 cameras were around but hadn't yet reached the level where people were considering them for enthusiast level photography. My, how things have changed in just 4 short years! The mirrorless cameras of today are so much better than the ones from just a couple of years ago and the image quality is perfectly fine. In addition, the tremendous advantage in size and weight reduction that these cameras afford the photographer cannot be overlooked. In the 5 months or so that I've been shooting with my "test" E-M5 I have seen no reduction in image quality compared to my Canon T3i. And, for my style of photography (no sports photography for the most part) the relatively slow (although getting better by leaps and bounds) speed of the mirrorless focusing system is perfectly fine. DSLR's still hold an appreciable advantage in auto-focus speed and ultimate image quality but the gap is narrowing very quickly. I've become a huge fan of the reduced form factor and weight that the mirrorless cameras offer. We should be able to fit both boddies and a few lenses in the same space as just one of our current DSLR bodies and kit lens.

Don't get me wrong, DSLR based cameras are still a great choice for many photographers and offer great image quality along with usually super-fast auto-focus. There is also the fact that there are a huge number of lens options for DSLR's and that has to be considered in the decision process. But, at this point for us, the micro 4/3 based format seems like the way to go. I'll report back as we spend some more time with the cameras and give you my impressions and experiences, so stay tuned.......

In the meantime, anyone want to purchase some lightly used DSLR cameras (let me know)?