Eharri, I share your hesitation in investing in a 'super' zoom right now. I really appreciate the comments received and will take each of the suggested models into my local camera store and check them out in person. Itmakes your head spin reading all the reviews and customer comments, though. Amazing how one person will think a particular model is the best thing going and someone else will think is is junk. Thank for sharing your picture. Impressive!
ac.smith. Thank you for your continued feedback on the subject. Question: what is PP? And have you checked out the upgrade to the Z612? Aswe know, sometimes upgrades really aren't upgrades. Also, you seem to have quite a bit of experience. I'm curious, what review site do you personally feel is the most accurate and reliable. (Am I allowed to ask this question under this topic? If not...sorry.)