I can appreciate what you’re saying about the gear trap. I had my Panasonic for a long time and I decided I wasn’t going to get a new camera until I at least understood the technical aspect of how a camera works. I know I have a lot to learn about composition, posing, cropping and lighting, but I am just saying that because the OM-D uses contrast phase detection to focus, it focuses in an out constantly and never actually locks on to the subject. That it’s frustrating for me when many of the comments are in regard to what is being focused on. The only other option is to use MF, and that is next to impossible when photographing children.
I really do appreciate the advice and suggestions though, and I am thankful for this site to have the opportunity to ask people who have been in the game a long time for their opinions and advice 🙂