Hi, a friend of mine would like to start doing photography, just to try. My advice was a G2 or G3 body depending on the ebay offers. Then I would advice him to take a normal zoom or a prime (maybe the sigma ones or the usual suspects) My doubt is about the zoom options: do you think the 12-50 is a better alternative to the Panasonic 14-42 family (14-42, 14-42ii or 14-45)? I'm not worried about the 6.3 aperture: at 42mm, according to slrgear, it is actually a little faster then the 14-42. My main concern is the lack of stabilization. 50mm is not a long lens but... Pros: - 12mm - Macro - just a little more reach - (weather proofing not relevant) - does the extra button works on the Pana body? (not a deal breaker anyway) Cons: - price (200 euro vs 100/150) - no IS - size What do you think?