Over the past decade, I've been through three different P&S cameras, none of which cost me more than $150. I have an Olympus Stylus 300, a Samsung S860, and a Sony Cybershot DSC-W180. The most adventurous thing I've done with a camera is have an underwater housing for the Olympus Stylus 300. Now, an upcoming trip to Japan (the end of June) has made me re-evaluate my camera situation and I decided to get a better camera. However, I have NO understanding of the terminology and what things mean - so I didn't feel I was ready for the money time(learning) investment involved in getting a DSLR. After a few weeks of researching different options, I ended up purchasing an Olympus PEN E-PM2 with two lens kit. I've since also purchased the Panasonic LUMIX 14mm f/2.5 lens as well. I have no aspirations of becoming anything beyond a tourist photographer, but I want to set myself up for the fewest problems possible in achieving that goal. I am considering Lens Hoods for each of these lenses - this hood for the 14mm f/2.5 lens, this for the M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens, and this for the M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R Lens. And even though the camera is small and light, I am considering a Black Rapids type sling, as while I am in Japan I fully expect to have my camera out and "at the ready" for 8+ hours per day. I would greatly appreciate any guidance on resources to read to prepare myself better, to maximize the pictures I take - and on the hoods / sling I am planning on purchasing. Thank you all very much and I look forward to learning as much as possible about this new world.