It's kind of a shock, quite frankly--I'm not sure it's all sunken in yet. But I finally did it: I sold off my Canon gear today, and also picked up a new 75mm/1.8 (OMG) with some of those funds.
I had a 5D body, 7D body (that I sold a couple months ago to fund the OMD-EM5), 50mm/1.4 prime, 24-70mm 2.8L (my workhorse lens), and a 70-200 2.8 L IS.
Now I have:
Bodies- OMD and EPL5
Lenses- O14-42, P14, P20, O45, O60, O75, P45-200
I would like to get the PL25, but whatever...soon I guess.
As a working photographer (who has a couple booked shoots this week), this is an intimidating move. Not that I don't think my Oly set can do the job (otherwise I wouldn't have switched systems), but 2 things come to mind:
1) The support for Olympus isn't even in the same league as Canon in the unfortunate situation that something goes wrong. I was under the Canon CPS membership thing, and they do take care of their guys. Granted, I do have the EPL5 as backup, but would rather not have to resort to it if possible while waiting who-knows-how-long to get the main OMD serviced.
2) Client perception. Now we all know (or should
know) that the gear doesn't matter, it's the final product, yadda-yadda-yadda....but this is a real phenomenon for working photographers. How to remedy this? I just bought a used OMD grip off of a member here to make my camera appear bigger (size matters in the eyes of the layperson), and will be putting on/getting hoods for most of my lenses for assignments. ALSO, in the case that I do have to resort to my EPL5, I will be getting a Hoodman LCD Loupe to attach to the back LCD. This is for two reasons: (1) I can attach a Cybersync transmitter for off-camera flash while still using a "viewfinder" via the Hoodman Loupe, and (2) to the layperson/client, the odd setup may look a touch more professional rather than just composing at the LCD screen and tapping like a point-n-shoot. At the very least, it will look more confusing to them
For those wondering why I switched, I was simply tired of the bulk/weight of my Canon rig, especially when travelling. Let me also say that I have absolutely no complaints with the quality of the images I was able to get out of my Canon. I now feel that micro four thirds has come into its own image quality and lens quality wise, and I couldn't be happier to be able to finally have a camera on me at all times and sacrificing barely image quality. Getting more into street shooting than my typical portrait/commercial work also helps.
That is all...just wanted to release; no questions here. :) Looking forward to the new phase.