Very often I get an email or PM like the one which I received this morning: Of course this is not an easy question to answer. One of the major advantages of our system is it's depth. We have tons of camera and lens choices, and one person's preferences will vary widely from another's. Heck, my own lens preferences on Tuesday are different than they were on Monday. Some of my favorite lenses for our system are on the larger or heavier side, and several Olympus and Panasonic cameras appeal to me for different reasons. That said, here's my recommendation for the fellow above and most others in his situation: Highly recommended by Amin Sabet, on Flickr Here's why*: Camera: The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is stylish, compact, light, has a great EVF, a very useful flip screen, and unbelievably useful in-body image stabilization. It's a great camera for both still photography and casual video. You can find a used one in terrific condition for some impressively low prices in our Buy & Sell forum. Lenses: The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5, Olympus 25mm f/1.8**, and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 cover your traditional wide angle, normal, and short telephoto (portrait) focal lengths. Each of them is small, light, fast-focusing, and sharp with pleasing character. Both the Oly 45 and especially the Pana 14 can also be found at great prices in our Buy & Sell forum. If I had to choose a single camera and three lenses right now for my personal use, that would be the kit without even considering price. This reflects the degree to which I prioritize size, weight, image stabilization, and certain focal lengths (eg, my preference for 14mm vs 12mm). However, the fact that one can buy this entire kit for about $1350 (used E-M5, used P14, used O45, and new O25) makes it all the easier to recommend. No doubt our many great members will have their own recommendations for prospective buyers. Please weigh in! *Everything expressed here is just in my opinion, reflecting my own personal judgments and preferences!!! **If there's one selection I'm not so sure about, it's the Olympus 25mm f/1.8. I had a hard time deciding between recommending this one and the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux. Ultimately I went with the Olympus recommendation for its smaller size and weight, but I do love the character of the PL25 and honestly would hate to be without it.