Originally Posted by JotaSa
I want to make another move but I am with doubts about the next step. I do not want to lose my set of lens but the choice E-5 it seems not to be a good price/quality choice. I want hear about the alternatives I have. Someone tells me that I can change to the pens series but I am afraid I lost functionality for my lens. Who can give me suggestions?
Actually, I think the E-5 is the best bang you can get for the buck, next to the PEN cameras. If it's a question of quality for the price you pay, the E-5 is an outstanding value. If your issue is overall budget however, then there are cheaper alternatives. The E-510 or E-520 are also very capable bodies, or you could find a used E-3 for relatively cheap (and E-3 bodies are really tough - so a used one would probably not show much wear even if it's been used to hell). The E-620 is a nice body but since you're used to a more robust build in the E-330, I think the E-520 or E-3 would be better choices in that price bracket.
As far as using PEN cameras, you will not lose functionality in your lenses. You will still have full electronic control and AutoFocus except for C-AF. Is your 50-200mm an SWD or the older version? If both your lenses are SWD, they will actually focus pretty fast on a newer PEN, though certainly not as fast as a Four-Thirds E-System DSLR. The E-5, E-3, and E-30 will focus those SWD lenses the fastest - much better than your E-330. Of course there will be no difference in manual focus.