Wanted to thank everyone again for inputs.
In the end, I went with the Minolta. The proprietary and 3rd party aspect of shooting ratio and lack of lenses for the E500 was pretty much what sealed the deal for me. So now that I didn’t choose that line I am sure it will become very popular 😛
But thanks ya’ll. It should get here some time this week and I can’t wait to take it out for a first spin.