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Old Jun 11, 2013, 5:52 AM   #2
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Perhaps consider the Panasonic FZ200- it has the zoom you need,a nice light gathering f/2.8 lens throughout the zoom range,fast focus,fast burst,good movie capture,effective stabilizer...etc... and WELL inside your budget... and it even looks like a DSLR...

If you want equivalent zoom range on a DSLR you're going to need a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens- or maybe consider something like Tamron's 18-270 VR "all in one" lens- roughly equivalent to 27-400mm on an APS-C DSLR.
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