Trying to figure out the best way to enter the M43 world. Looking at the GX8 and EM1, but am also giving thought to the G7 and EM10II. Background: I've been shooting for a year and a half with a Canon 700D, primarily with a 50mm and 40mm pancake. I also had a friends older kit lenses that I didn't really enjoy using that much. I've been working a lot on my post production, but have been feeling very limited by my lenses. I know I can get good shots with my Canon 700D and could just invest in new Canon lenses (and save money), but I think I prefer the M43 system overall and would rather swap system before I build up my lens selection. I also looked at the Fuji XT1, but didn't really see an advantage over M43 (maybe next gen fuji will widen the gap). I looked at Sony, they seem to have more lenses then people want to admit but it doubles or triples the budget and I'm just a student. If I don't go M43 I will probably just invest in some fullframe canon lenses and deal with a bulkier system. Uses: So far I've primarily shot landscapes, cityscape shots and a bit of "nature" (my cats or at the zoo haha). I'm wanting to challenge myself to improve, start shooting macro (60mm oly looks great) and portrait (45mm f1.8 or the 42.5 f1.7?), and learn to use an off camera flash for both (any recommendations?). I'm not massively into using video, but later down the track (when I can afford it) I want to get into underwater photography/videography so I would use it then. I'm doing masters research as a marine biologist, so I'm inspired by people like Alex Wild and Mark Carwardine who show the world great images from science. I'm in Australia so the prices for the kits look like: GX8 ($1159) + Panasonic 12-35mm ($808) = $1967 EM-1 + 12-40mm = $1700 Or there's a guy selling a used EM1 + 12-40mm + Oly 25mm f1.8 + grip (but I don't see the use for the grip) for $1700 with only 2 months left on warranty. I'm wary about buying Olympus without warranty because of the rear dial / lug problem (is it actually that common?). I wasn't sure about the non pro zooms like the 12-50 or panasonic 12-42. I assume there is a noticeable difference. I've been researching since February! Because I have a camera I wasn't in a big rush, but I'm tiring not making a decision now. I was hoping more people with the GX8 would post their experiences (I've read the two threads going on here), but mainly people say they are using them but don't post much (probably to avoid the whining on certain forums). Overall feedback looks good though. If I went the GX8 route I would wait a little longer for the price to come down or for the lens to go on sale, at the moment they are both full price. Sorry for the wall of text, I have just been reading the forums for so long and always see people commenting that they need more information to be helpful. Thanks!