Not sure if this is in the correct place on this forum. I would like to seek the advice of fellow Cs members.
Currently, I have 2 camera systems:
1. OMD EM5 (1st version) with 12 to 40mm F2.8 lens, 17mm F1.8 and Voigtlander 25mm F0.95 lens.
2. 5D Mark 3 with 17 to 40mm F4, 24 to 105mm F4 and 50mm F1.4 lens
Currently, I shoot more photos and did some videos occasionally. I felt that both systems complement each other very well except one issue that it is costly to hold onto so much equipment. Furthermore, my OMD EM5 has some issues with either the mode dial or circuit board and will cost between 120 to 300 to repair by olympus service centre. My OMD has been with me for 2 years and it is an excellent travel kit. (I will not bring 5d mark 3 with lenses for a trip! It is too heavy)
To me, the OMD has several advantages over the mark 3: Size and weight, IBIS, tilting screen, very sharp with pro series lenses.
On the other hand, the 5d mark 3 has the following advantages over the OMD: Amazing high ISO performance, better video quality and video friendly features (mic input and headphone jack etc), better control over depth of field.
Both systems to me complement each other very well. For travel shooting and casual events, I would use the OMD due to its good enough image quality, lightweight and small size, less intrusive. On the other hand, if doing a photo shoot for official events and videos I would go for the 5d mark 3. Currently, my OMD has some issues as per highlighted above and I am thinking if i should:
a) Repair it
b) Trade in with olympus and buy the OMD mark 2
c) Sell off BOTH OMD and 5D mark 3 and get the Sony A7Sii
For option c, the upcoming Sony A7Sii has almost the best of both my OMD and 5DM3 combined into one.
a) Relatively light weight and size
b) Full frame
c) Even better ISO performance than 5DM3
d) Better video settings (4K) compared to 5DM3
e) Weather sealed (not too sure about this, but my OMD EM5 has been in snow, rain etc and survived without a hitch!)
f) Tilting screen
g) Good EVF
h) Focus peaking (which is also available on the OMD EM5 mark 2 and Magic lantern 5D)
One cons I heard from forums is that the Sony A7 series has very very poor battery life. Not sure if this is true or not. But I don't think this is a huge problem as you can get a few spare batteries.
HOWEVER, the thing stopping me from moving over to Sony A7 series are its lenses! Don't get me wrong, the Zeiss lenses are very good in terms of image quality and build (but not sure if they are weather sealed or not). My real concerns are as illustrated below:
Both Canon and Olympus (pro series)lenses have rather good mechanical and repeatable focus and they have hard stops on the closest focusing distance and infinity focus. I find this very important and indispensable for video.
I went to the Sony store and tried out the Sony A7 with their lenses and I found out that their lenses uses the common fly by wire system that most mirrorless cameras are using. It is somehow better than the other mirrorless lenses but I would really like a lens similar in workings to the Canon and Olympus.
Therefore, some people have said that you can use canon lenses on a Sony A7 via an adaptor but you will lose control of the aperture as well as making the whole system bulky which defeats the purpose. The Sony A7 with its native lenses are still pretty small and compact in my opinion. It is only slight bigger and slightly heavier than my OMD system.
Therefore, I am quite stuck as I really don't know what to do at this point. I shoot rather frequently, but I don't think I am good enough to venture into getting paid for photography and videography. Therefore, I would not want to keep so much equipment with me.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!