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As an Olympus digital owner going all the way back to the incredible E-1 DSLR, (and an Olympus D450 1 MP digicam before that!), I would have say if IBIS is the BIG reason you need to switch, then the E-M1 Mk II is the correct choice. My newest Olympus camera is the Pen E-P5, which I use with the Leica 45mm macro, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, and a few other odds and ends. I have absolutely NO complaints as to what I can get from my camera and these primes. Thanks to the 5-axis IS on the Pen, I can take hand-held MACRO shots with the Leica 45mm, and they come out razor sharp. Most amazing thing I've ever seen. Many others have mentioned the new Olympus Pen-F. Not as ergonomic as the E-M1 Mk II or GX8, but well worth taking a look at if you like faux-rangefinders. And it's probably one of the most beautiful mirrorless cameras made to date. I would also recommend taking a good look at the Panasonic/Leica 15mm f/1.7 prime. It's a 30mm equivalent wide-angle that makes a good pairing with the Panasonic 20mm, for those times when you need to go a bit wider. (Yes, I'm one of those people who like using Panasonic lenses on my Olympus Micro43 bodies....) But honestly, you can't really go wrong with any of the three cameras you mentioned.
I've never used a view camera, but your query brought to mind an article I saw on PetaPixel about an L.A. Times photojournalist Jay L. Clendenin using an 8x10 view camera to do portraits of athletes at the Rio Olympics. An article well worth taking a look at: Capturing Portraits of Olympians with an 8×10 Wood View Camera
I have just two main system I shoot with mostly, one based on the Nikon D7000, and the other on the Olympus E-P5. My Nikon D7000 kit: - Tokina 12-28mm f/4 zoom (fantastic range of very useful focal lengths) - Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX - Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR zoom (outstanding IQ for a "kit" zoom) - Nikon SB-700 flash (outstanding!) - The body and three lenses all fit in a medium-large Tamrac messenger style bag that was discontinued years ago. No room for the SB700 though, unless I leave out one of the zooms. Honestly, I'd rather just have one good wide-angle zoom than fill my bag with primes, especially since I'm usually in the f/8 to f/11 range on most of my wide-angle photography. The speed is nice, but I rarely even use f/4. But that's just me. The only primes I'm seriously considering adding to my all-DX kit is the Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 FX, the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 FX, and the Nikon 85mm f/3.5 VR DX macro. If you want a quality short-range zoom the new Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 is the cat's meow, even though it's a BIG, HEAVY lens. I'm surprisingly happy with my 55-300 VR for now. My Olympus E-P5 kit was very consciously modeled on the Leica CL, with some additions/modifications: - Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye - Lumix 12-32 f/3.5-5.6 zoom (a honey of a TINY zoom!) - Lumix 20mm f/1.7 - Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro - Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 zoom - Olympus VF-4 electronic viewfinder - And it all fits in a Billingham Hadley "small" shoulder bag. I was going to buy the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 wide-angle to have the "perfect" micro 4/3 version of the Leica CL kit, but when the super tiny Lumix 12-32 zoom came out, I decided to give it a try, and I'm happy I did! Surprisingly it's no bigger than the 14mm, but it's a very versatile little zoom that delivers really good IQ. The Oly 40-150 "kit" zoom is the greatest bargain in the history of micro 4/3. The IQ is surprisingly good, even better than that of the Lumix 45-200. As for the Nikon D7200: It's easily the best general-purpose camera that money can buy right now. As long as you can live with a Tokina, Sigma or Nikon wide-angle DX zoom, and using a 24mm FX lens as your main prime. The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 "ART" lens might impress you, even though it's the same size as the Tokina 12-28mm f/4 zoom....but they use the same 77mm filter! Sadly, unless you are into micro 4/3 or Fuji mirrorless, the days of the small, high quality prime lens set is mostly over.
I always choose the macro option over the dedicated portrait lens. Most recently I picked the Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro over the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 for my EP-5, have have not regretted the choice for a minute. For a macro lens it focuses surprisingly fast and very accurately on my EP-5, and I use it for all sorts of photography, even landscape. I just recently acquired a Nikon DX DSLR, and on my list of lenses to get is the Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 macro, which will also be a dual-purpose portrait/macro lens just like the Leica on my EP-5. Though I've heard that the Tamron 60mm f/2 macro might also be an option worth considering. Sadly, there really isn't a dedicated portrait lens for DX, though the 50mm to 58mm range of full-frame fast primes are usually used in that role, with great success from what I've seen. These macro choices are easy for me as I find I use close focusing far more often than I take portraits.
Here's my choices for current cameras: Olympus E-M5 - the silver one, with the nice, compact silver 14-42 zoom lens. Looks like a billion dollars. I would buy one on looks alone, let alone performance. Olympus pays homage to the old OM's, without copying them directly, much like VW paid homage to the old Beatles with the New Beatle. Lumix GX1 - A far better design in my book than the classic GF1, as simple and straightforward of a camera as you could want, but with excellent ergonomics, and great style. Another camera I would by on looks alone. Leica M9 - again, the silver one. Just beautiful, simple and robust. The evolutionary lines are very evident. Pentax K-5 - To me, it's the epitome of what a tough, rugged DSLR should look like. Looks like it will either take your photo, or beat the crap out of you. Hasselblad H4D-50 - Best looking camera of them all, by far. Looks like it wants to fly off you tripod and go into low Earth orbit. Super sexy in a way only the Swedish could pull off. And my choices for past digital cameras: Olympus E-1 - The first, and still best looking Olympus DSLR, before they wanted to clone what Canon was doing. Also the best looking DSLR ever, and to actually pickup and use one gives you a chill up your spine, no kidding. Not only does it have the looks, the connection it makes with the photographer is simply incredible. Olympus E-P2 - in black, of course. Looks far better in person than it does in photos. One of those cameras you would buy for looks alone. The E-P3, with that useful, but ugly removable grip, destroyed the elegant lines of this classic design. Fortunately, there are still a few new-in-the-box E-P2's out there for those who missed out.
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