I think this might be the end. The end of a relationship (sometimes on and off) since 2009. It might be the end of me and m43. I still remember when the EP1 came out. It was beautiful. And took pictures at a quality and with a joy that no other compact before it could. Yeah, my DSLR was more sure footed, but who wanted to carry that around? And with this EP1, I could try old legacy lenses. What fun! Well, it's been years, and other systems have come and gone -- DSLRs, Canon 6D most notably, Nikon D700, NEX, Fuji -- but m43 remained. The only other camera that weaseled it's way in permanently was the Sony RX100 just by virtue of it's portability vs its output. But I had to go and buy an a7. It's like the EP1 all grown up. The controls are wonderful (by this I mean I was able to operate the camera with gloves on!). The shutter sound lovely (with front curtain e-shutter that is). The feel and heft. Solid, but not overbearing. It's pretty close to magic. And the legacy glass just sings on this camera the way it didn't at all on the NEX6 and even struggled a bit on m43. I can't believe how much the a7 has resurrected my Takumars (images below). Of course, I have no AF lenses yet (and there aren't many to choose from!), but I've got one coming on Friday, so we'll see. But if it can at least perform as well as early gen m43 (think EPL1, not EP1), I think I may be quite content. a7 + RX100 might cover my needs. Still to be seen, but for now, some images from a simple winter walk (I've posted these subjects before, but there's not much to shoot around here in Boston, where it's 20 degrees in mid-march and we still have several feet of snow on the ground!) All pics are with the Takumar 50/14, except the first which is a Takumar 135/3.5 20150318-20150318-DSC07773 by wt2100, on Flickr Love the subtle tonality and DR on this camera. This is SOOC jpg 20150318-20150318-DSC07777 by wt2100, on Flickr 20150318-20150318-DSC07788 by wt2100, on Flickr 20150318-20150318-DSC07794 by wt2100, on Flickr 20150318-20150318-DSC07807 by wt2100, on Flickr LENS FLARE! 20150318-20150318-DSC07809 by wt2100, on Flickr 20150318-20150318-DSC07812 by wt2100, on Flickr I've been asking on DPR about lenses, and everyone says "get the FE55." I'm sure that's an amazing lens, but the Takumar is doing it for me alright! If anyone is interested in seeing these full sized, let me know and we can figure out something. The details on this lens stopped down just one click, on the a7 is amazing.