Yes, I know another newbie post, but I hope to make it interesting.... Background... Been doing hobbyist shooting for numerous years. Currently own a Canon 5D with about 2-3 lenses, 50 1.4, Tamron medium zoom. No telephoto, no macro. Also own a Canon G9 and an earlier Rebel 500 or similar entry level DLSR. Canon G9 is nice, dated and no 1080 Video Panasonic HDD video camera (about 4 years old) which usually sits unused when going out and video quality isn't really that good. Nice (heavy) tripod and ball head (usually sits at home with 5D). Enjoys HDR shooting and if trying to focus on that. Family with two small children who are active. Work as a police officer (walk to work, work in car) and also as a sales rep that travels through the US (no longer carries product). For this company I will be doing some short Vimeo type videos for the company to promote product on the enthusiast level. I am currently 1/2 to convincing the CEO to allow me to invest in some higher end DLSR products to track and video some of our brand Ambassadors (looking at the Nikon D800 or the Canon 5DMKII or MKIII with associated accessories like mic's, viewfinders, etc) Wants...Needs, dreams.... Controls like DLSR (would rather not use menu for most used functions, ISO, f stop, shutter speed, compensation, etc) 1080 video recording 10+ megapixel EVF (integrated or add on) Small but capable (do not enjoy lugging the 5D + lenses and flash around) Okay to carry camera w/lens attached and 2-3 other lenses to cover close-up (i.e. street), landscape and zoom. Ability to do bracketing HDR shots (do not need in camera HDR processing) Acceptable macro abilities. Ability to utilize small cheap tripod for those controlled environments for HDR pictures (I understand that outdoor, hiking may be a trade off to weight vs. stability. I think I could get away with a smaller travel tripod for those events). Ability to buy an adaptor that will make my Canon lenses work and also the ability to pick up cheaper lenses to work with my system. They can be older manual lenses, no issues. Decisions, decisions, decisions... I know I want something smaller than a full size or even cropped body DLSR, which has put me towards a 43'rds type system. I want to be able to carry the kit with me daily. I do use a small messenger bag or similar due to kids or work items, so I will always have a bag with me. I find dragging the 5D into the city with my little one to become shoulder tiresome after a few hours and wish to lighten this load. The 5D will still stay as a home or car camera as it takes amazing pictures. Issues: Every month there is something else new coming out making my initial decision difficult, as I would like this camera to be with me for several years and still provide me with nice quality pics and 1080 video.... Contenders: Too many to list. Have looked at the E-P3, the Olympus OM and the NEX 7 (also the NEX 5). Everytime I take a look, I get more and more not confused, but let's say uncertain. I know I will have to take the plunge sometime and want to make a nice, informed decision so I won't have regrets (or too much remorse when the next "big thing" hits). Was going through all three: NEX-7 with pancake lens.. Downside, all my cost in camera, no extra for lens, etc E-P3 with 20mm 1.7 & 45mm 1.3 & EVF Olympus OM with 12-50mm kit lens... Help requested... If this was you and you had $1,500.00 to spend to start out with (say no additional purchases for camera for 3 months), what would you get in regards to: 1. Camera 2. Lenses (new, used, older primes) 3. Adaptor 4. Accessories.