What cameras will work well with four-thirds ZUIKO ED 50-200mm (non SWD) lens?
For several years I have been doing a lot of sports photography of my kids, primarily outdoor (soccer, football, surfing), but some indoor (basketball). I have been using the old cheap entry-level Olympus E-510 with a quality ZUIKO ED 50-200mm ED (non SWD). I have money to be able to upgrade the cameraâ€¦in part because I am way overdue having the freedom to shoot video with the same camera (nearly all have had this for some time) and to gain quality in pictures that I would hope to gain with larger MP sensor and newer processors.
The dilemma is finding any newer camera that will serve the lens wellâ€¦within a cost that is fitting. There are few (if any) lenses that can compare assume to the lens I haveâ€¦with 50-200mm zoom that because it is four-thirds is equivalent to 100-400mmâ€¦and anything close to that in other format / brand lenses is outside my â€œenthusiastâ€ appropriate cost. From what I see, my options include:
Using my Zuiko lens on micro 4/3 cameras with adapter not good because they lose most AF functionsâ€¦.likely slower than my current old Olympus E-510.
Could get the older but higher level Olympus E-5 â€“ full size DSLR but is expensive and only offers 12MP, 720 video.
Could get the newer (Oct 2013) Olympus E-M1 â€“ added in phase detection that allows 4/3 lens to work better but is $1300 new for body onlyâ€¦.and more profesional level than I need.
Or I could just start over with good enthusiast level Nikon or Canonâ€¦ but appears getting any comparable lens would be beyond reach.
I REALLY appreciate any perspective or ideas anyone has.