Nice lookin' shots and gear there David.Yes ..got into semi-serious photography after losing shot after shot to decent but non-manual point and shoot.
Picked up light but capable MFT ( micro four thirds gear ) so I can travel on the motorcycle with it. Pulled over took a couple of shots.
The Gx1 on the right has a longer reach than the full sized camera on the left and the weight is tiny - under 2 lb yet with 350 mm reach. I suspect there is a thread here on the MFT gear.
Lots of semi-curated shots here Hilight Album