Thought I should say hello... I was set on buying an E-P1 since I first saw one on sale this summer. When the GF-1 was announced, I was kind of torn appart. I own a lx2, and I like this Panasonic no-nonsense handling and no-compromise camera. If the GF-1 handling and menu system was only a bit behind, it would make an incredibly straightforward tool, or so I thought. But Olympus will always have a sweet spot in my heart, as I learned the ropes of photography with an OM-1, and later on used a pen ees-2, an XA, and a trip 35. I would have loved to own a SP, but desperate to find one, I ended cutting my teeth on a canonet 17 QL. Finally, the time came last week. I had the incredible luck to snatch a silver E-P1 kit + 14-42 for the announced price of the E-PL1 - way under the best bargain I could hope for a GF-1, so I dived. I don't regret it a bit. I since have had the occasion to lay my hands on the GF-1 - every bit as good as reviewed, indeed, but there's one area where the e-p1 shines : black an white photography. The integrated colour filters, and the output filters make for the best OOC b&w jpgs I've ever seen. As I happen to shoot about 80% b&w, it was a wonderful surprise to me. Every other shortcoming pales in comparison. And I was surprised this point was seldom (if ever) reviewed. In fact, I'm so hooked I ordered a lens today. After careful review of options, and much pixel peeping over comparable shots made by kindered souls who happen to own both Olympus 17mm and Panasonic 20mm, the Panasonic came out a winner, so it's the one. My heart is slightly bleeding - zuikos used to be so sharp you could cut your eyeballs on fresh prints in the darkroom. But competition is good, and I eagerly wait for a wider fantastic prime from them. Your forums have already been incredibly helpful in setting up my Pen the way I feel at ease with it, be all already thanked for sharing your knowledge. Good picture hunting everyone !