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Old Jan 11, 2010, 11:52 AM   #11
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the 17-70 also gives the ability to shoot 1:3 macro, which could be nice in these situations.

also, the KX uses AA batteries, which is very useful if finding a power-source is not always easy, letting you just purchase spare batteries.
The Sigma 17-70 is actually a 1:2.3 'Macro' lens, not 1:3. And using AA batteries would be plus.

I really can't come up with anything that would do nearly as good a job, unless mtclimber has something up her sleeve.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 12:01 PM   #12
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If budget is a problem, and you only need it for a short time (30 days or less), you can rent a Sony A550 and a 24-70/2.8 lens from LensRentals or a Sony A700 and a 24-70/2.8 lens from AlphaLensRental.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 12:29 PM   #13
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thanks for clarifying TCAV, i was remembering the specs on the OS version.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 1:45 PM   #14
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Default I don't disagree with Pentax K-X, but ...

The K-X can be gotten with the 18-55mm kit lens for $569 from Buydig and $573 from Amazon. If the OP doesn't want the kit lens, he/she can sell it on Ebay for at least $50. That makes it much less than $1000 if he/she buys the Sigma 17-70mm lens.
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Thank you, robbo.

Yes, the K-x is the subject of multiple specials, so the total price can be less.
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You can get a canon T1i body and the sigma lens for under 1000 dollar also. And you get a rechargeable lithium battery and charger. With the K-x which would be a good choice also. The 1010 bucks actually will be more like 1040-1050 bucks with one set of sanyo enloop battery and charger.
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Also beside using this camera for the upcoming trip. What other uses are you planning for this camera? It may be worth getting the 2 kit lens packages, for the telephoto ability of a 55-300mm with the pentax or the 55-250mm with the canon?
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You can get a canon T1i body and the sigma lens for under 1000 dollar also. ...
tiacaron will be taking photos in dimly lit venues where flash is probably prohibited (and if it isn't, it should be.) Even with high ISOs and large apertures, the shutter speeds are going to be long. Putting a stabilized Sigma 17-70 or a stabilized Tamron 17-50 on a T1i will cost more than a Sigma 17-70 or Tamron 17-50 on a stabilized K-x.
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TCAV,

It is keeping his options open, there are allot of options out there.
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It is keeping his options open, there are allot of options out there.
Not for this. This is a specific and rigorous requirement. Whatever else tiacaron wants to do with the camera will be the result of a compromise, not the part about taking photos in a cave. This is the time when you pick the best tool for the job. Period.
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