Now I gave up on DSLR's some time ago with my move to Fujifilm X series compacts and have never really missed the bigger cameras, until recently when I found that the cameras couldn't do something I wanted them to do, so time to think of a new camera! the thing I wanted them to do was to trigger my studio flash units while the camera was in 'burst mode', unfortunately when in this mode the hotshoe is disconnected. For me the DSLR is a dead format and there is no way I was going back to this style of cameras, so I started looking at other Mirrorless Compact System Cameras (CSC). perhaps the obvious choice would have been another Fujifilm offering, but I honestly didn't really like anything currently on offer and the brand I kept returning to was the Olympus range. So to try this out for a reasonably modest outlay a secondhand E-M5 was found with the two part battery grip, which I mated to the 12-50mm lens. Now I'd be the first to admit that I found the menu system to be far to complex for my liking and the level of customisation is very impressive, and after a few week of ownership I feel I'm still only slowly coming to terms with everything on offer, but it is an enjoyable small camera to use coupled with very impressive results picture wise. Now this is an older model now superseded by the MkII, but I feel this one will be fine for a few years yet. I'm also pleased enough with the result to consider investing in some of Olympus's Pro range of lenses and on my shopping list is the 40-150mm F2.8 with 1.4x tel-convertor and the 7-14mm F2.8; the former for studio and perhaps a bit of wildlife action & the latter for landscape and architecture.
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.