What speedy said on the eyepoint on the GX7 was how it felt. Definitely felt like a short eyepoint
the GX8 is more than i want to spend on just the body, I know its a good camera, but its just more than i was going to spend on ONLY a body. Id rather put the money into the glass. Same with the A7. Im not big on used for the aforementioned allergies to things, im willing to consider used from a retailer with a return policy in case i have a problem, but not a private seller.
As for my leaning, its the a6000 vs the OM-D EM10 II, I played with an EM10 (not the II) and i preferred its viewfinder to the a6000, the a6000 was better than the GX7 by several miles but i still felt it wasnt "right" But thats odd, since i can pull up the specs and the a6000 viewfinder's eyepoint is actually a hair higher than the EM10 (And the II is slightly less) so this is very very weird unless eyepoint isnt the entire issue... Could it be the rangefinder style position of the a6000/GX7/GX8 is the problem? (I mean the GX7 is still a 17.5mm eyepoint, GX8 is 21, A6000 is 21.4, EM10 is 20, EM10II is 19.4 and my 7D is 22)
So with the discussion of kits, i used to cart around the 7D and one of several lenses wherever i went, the 35mm f/2, 28mm f/1.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 or the 15-85. The 15-85 and 50 are a tidge on the bulky heavy side, but theres no question on their IQ, both lenses rock and i find few faults with them, IS is useful frequently in case i need a little more depth of field. The 35 f/2 had great sharpness, but the bokeh was abysmal, and i remember several images had a terrible "double image" to them which made my eyes -hurt- to look at, The 28mm f/1.8 did not have that issue, and had a nice rendition at times, but could also be a bit softer than i wanted, suffered from flare, bad CA and other "older lens" problems. I shot the primes at f/2 frequently, even the Sigmalux (Sigmalux's bokeh looks better at f/2.. on the 28 it cut the CA and stuff a lot going from f/1.8 to f/2 for some reason, f/2.8 made it better) The biggest issue was 50mm on a crop is just too long for some things and carrying 2 lenses around when im talking the 7D was too much 90% of the time unless i went SPECIFICALLY for photography purposes.
Also when i was at the store i took a quick look and I still massively prefer SLRs for some things. I decided definitively I want a mirrorless as a compliment, Not a replacement.
So quick compare.
7D and 28mm f/1.8 = 45mm f/2.9
7D and 35mm f/2 = 56mm f/3.2
a6000 and 35mm f/1.8 OSS = 52.5mm f/2.7
OM D EM10 II and 25mm f/1.8 = 50mm f/3.6 (Alternately, 25mm f/1.4 Summilux would give me 50mm f/2.8)
A7 + 55 f/1.8 = 55 f/1.8
Heres.. so far.. the pricing i worked on those 4 options:
Used A7 + Used 55 f/1.8 ZA off Amazon = $1678 - This is basically out, Way too much
Used A7 + Used 35mm f/2.8 ZA off Amazon = $1497 - Still too much, Forget the A7 I think. I do not want converted glass. I want -native- glass, with autofocus.
Open Box GX8 + Olympus 25mm f/1.8 = $1259 - Borderline, This is about the limit right here. Was trying around $1400 and I really wanted 2 lenses out of it, Not one. This leaves me no budget for a second lens for a while and thus makes me uncomfortable. But I still looked.
New EM10 II + 25mm f/1.8 = $898
Sony a6000 + 35mm f/1.8 OSS = $996
I can also get a 25mm Summilux for the m4/3 for an extra $50 over the f/1.8... Which to be honest, isnt a bad idea. I think I like how 25mm looks on m4/3 better than the 20mm (I might simply have disliked the 20mm focal length and its perspective in other words)