Originally Posted by sub50hz
Not everybody needs 12 lenses and thousands of dollars in equipment. You basically ignored all of the OP's requirements and just suggested what you use/have used.
No i did not.
The scope of my email was the exact opposite from what you say.
I've explained where I come from, and how I think about stuff...when you invest in a camera with interchangeable lenses, you buy into the system that this camera is compatible with.
The fact that there are 100 available lenses for your camera, or even more importantly that there are 3-4 similar lenses that will get you in the ball park of what you want to do, in different prices is very important. Choices are good. For some having that kind of versatility is a curse because they will want to get those "12 lenses", others might choose wisely and go with 1-2 and be happy.
So, back to the OP requirements:
good, affordable camera, that can do macro / table top, and it is still easy to use (he mentioned he has no experience) as nice a family digital camera.
I focused in the somewhat more user-friendly operation of a mirror-less camera that will handle more like the compacts most users can pick up to pretty fast, while remaining sort of pocket-able.
I did not criticize your very specialized "digital rangefinder" suggestion. A great camera, but other than being small and having great IC, it applies to way less of the requirements.
The guy wants to take build-log / table top / product pictures - he is not trying to go Cartier-Bresson on us.
I just elaborated on my point of view, instead of quoting your post and nullifying your intentions.