I Am loving the m4/3
Starting to take more and more "snap shots", getting a lot more use out of it, but I will be in it as much as my canon setup when im finished lol.
12mm - 800
45mm - 400
em-5 - 1000
Billingham Hadley - 250
lens hoods 120
total = 2720... yikes!
And i still need to pickup the Pana Leica 25mm!!! for another 550 bucks...
photography sure makes your money evaporate !
Yep. Photography is a huge money pit regardless of your system of choice But with some patience watching the used market like a hawk and a bit of rejigging you can assemble a capable system for much less. Here's what I paid for my setup:
E-P3 + 14-42mm kit (used) - $500
12mm f/2 + 3rd party hood (used) - $670
45mm f/1.8 (eBay from Korea) - $340
20mm f/1.7 (used) - $300
17mm f/2.8 - $300 (can be bought used for around $200)
40-150mm f/4-5.6 (Staples sale) - $110
Domke F-5XC - $85
Optech camera strap - $15
The only change I see myself making anytime soon is to upgrade the camera to either an E-M5 or an E-P4 (or whatever it will be called), which is probably around a $400-$500 upgrade, at which point I'll be set for a long time.
I don't have a backup body or the E-M5, don't have hoods for everything, and I don't have that beautiful Billingham bag, but it's a system that covers all my needs and includes some awesome primes. One could even swap out the 20mm and 17mm for a used 25mm for slightly less if desired. The 12mm is the only lens I would consider pricey (although to me it's worth it), and if you swap that out for the miniature 14mm f/2.5 you would save another $470 or so bringing your total down to $1750. Or swap for the 9-18mm for slightly less than the original total. Or grab a used Panasonic 7-14mm for around the same price as the 12mm prime. Or, or, or...
Point is that TANSTAAFL still holds true, but you can assemble an awesome, small, and lightweight m4/3 kit for not a huge amount of money if you don't mind scouring the used market and looking for deals, and the lens selection is getting really good.