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Old Aug 9, 2010, 3:31 PM   #11
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If you get a canon with say a ef 28-135 USM IS, it can cover most travel shooting. If you just want to carry one lens. if you need wider, you can consider the canon ef-s 15-85 USM IS. It to is a good lens. Something closer to the kit lens would be the canon ef-s 18-135 IS, not as good as the other 2 lenses. But if you one a 1 lens solution, the tamron 18-270mm VC will cover everything but handheld night work.

If you are seriously into macro, get a true macro lens, not a macro zoom.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 6:15 PM   #12
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but the best travel option that dispenses with the need for multiple lenses, is the Panasonic FZ 35 (in the USA) or FZ-38 (abroad). It can meet the OP's needs nicely, even the night shots if he uses a tripod, or a make shift tripod and stays at ISO 800 or below. In a single lens you would cover from 28mm to 504mm which would handle wildlife and bird photos rather easily.

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Old Aug 9, 2010, 6:20 PM   #13
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There is the low light requirement also, and the FZ is a great point and shoot in daylight, is out of it's element at night, if you do not use a tripod.

If the dslr is to large, a m4/3 is a better option with the low light requirement then any point and shoot. Including all the 1/1.63 and 1/1.7 point and shoot cameras.
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There is the low light requirement also, and the FZ is a great point and shoot in daylight, is out of it's element at night, if you do not use a tripod.

If the dslr is to large, a m4/3 is a better option with the low light requirement then any point and shoot. Including all the 1/1.63 and 1/1.7 point and shoot cameras.
Still not as good as a DSLR in low light though. This i found out when i tried the Pany G10.
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 6:28 PM   #15
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No not really, as the g10 is not a good high iso camera and to be honest, the g10 is only good to 600iso, and get noise at 800iso. The olympus epl-1 on the other hand can shoot at 2000iso. Which is very good actually. I try to stay at 1600iso even with my dslr, unless I am shooting low light action. M4/3 cameras are not all the same in their low light ability, olympus epl-1 actually has better noise control the the sony nex upto 1600iso. And the nex has an aps-c sensor that are from their cmos dslrs.

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the epl-1 can shoot at 3200iso, but with a bit of post product editing it is usable. Very similar to the quality of dslr that maxes at 3200iso.
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I think the OP needs to go and look at the options suggested to see which is most comfortable for them and then come back for more advice.
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I agree 100% with Wave.

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Old Aug 10, 2010, 1:49 PM   #18
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wow! I certainly didn't expect so many comments and advices. Thanks a lot people! I am so touched.

So it seems now I have more options to choose from.
1. Pentax K-X
2. Sony A500 and A550
3. Panasonic FX 38
4. Canon EF-S 15-85
5. Still Canon 550D (?)

I think I will google some pictures taken by each camera and then compare then again. Will it be a good idea? because I think some pictures might be taken with the body but with different lens.
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the ef-s 15-85 is a very good lens for the 550d if you were not looking a decent walking around lens.

The panasonic FZ is the smallest and easiest to travel with and with decent range. But it will not give you the same level of image quality as the dslr you listed. The FZ is lacking if you need to shoot in low light.

I shoot the pentax k-x and a canon 500D, they are both excellent camera. Pentax is the best bang for the buck if the ergo suits you, and like the canon it shoot HD video. Something the FZ can also do, but is not an option on the sony's. All the dslr listed are very good in low light.
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A good tip get an sd card go to shop and take some pictures you can then compare at home. Also you will feel what the cameras are like. Best of luck
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