I've been wanting to step beyond the boundaries of point and shoot for some time now, and am finally in a position to be able to do so. For years I always thought I would move to entry level DSLR, but the more I research lately, the more I find myself thinking the 4/3 is the way to go. Having come to that conclusion, I just need to figure out what camera to go with. I've almost pulled the trigger a couple of times, but every time I think I know which direction to go, I either talk to someone, or read something online that gives me second thoughts. I realize that a lot of it is opinion and personal preference, but knowing that doesn't make it any easier. It's also very easy to get enamored with the most recent bodies and features, even though most of me knows that a camera a generation or two behind will be more than adequate to learn and grow with. I would love to hear some thoughts on what a good camera to start out with would be. I shoot a fair amount of outdoor/landscape stuff now, but would like to be able to shoot some decent portraits now that I am having kids. I would also very much like to learn new skills and advance myself as a photographer. I've been looking at the Panasonic G5, and the Sony NEX 3 and 5, as well as some of the Olympus Pens. I would really like to be able to get the best bang for the buck with the starter kit so that I can buy another lens or two as well. As a connected side question, what would be a good lens to pick up in the beginning to go with the kit lens. I know that there a a ton of choices with lenses, but would is a lens that generally know one should be without? Thank you very much to anyone who take the time to read this, and to anyone who has any thoughts or opinions to share.