Hello all, Firstly, I would like to thank Johnmcl7 and Dr O for their great advice on choosing a good camera for low light and portrait photography. I was orginally considering the following cameras: Fuji F200EXR Fuji F72/80EXR Panasonic LX3 Canon S90 ...but based on great feedback from John and Dr O, I spent some time looking at DSLR due to the larger sensor and night and day difference in picture quality in low light / high ISO pictures, when compared with compacts. Unfortuanately, I found DSLR a bit too big for my liking so, instead decided to go for a Four Thirds camera, in particular the new Olympus E-PL1. I have compared pictures of the Olympus to the Canon G11 , Panny LX3 and all the camera listed above and the difference in image quality is amazing! The bigger sensor makes a hugh difference. I have also compared the Oly to entry level DSLR cameras like the Pentax K-x and yes the Pentex has slighlty better images at high ISO but there really is not much in it. Also, to my eyes, the Oly has better images than the Panasonic GF1, less noisy, better colours. All these comparisons were made at DCResource.com. Brilliant site. Anyways, I'm looking to get Olympus E-PL1 with both 14-42mm & 40-150mm lenses. This would make it a good all round travel camera. However, I'm a bit confused about the 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lense and what it can be used for? As far as I undertsand, its a static lense offering 34mm (equiv. 35mm). What advantages does this lense have (excluding size) and when would I use it? Thanks in advance for any help.