My old Pentax istDL2 camera has died on me and I need to invest in a new camera. I never really bought lots of lenses so I'm not really stuck with Pentax. I do have an old Sigma zoom lens (100-300) that I carried over from my analogue camera, but its not in the best of shapes... As usual I don't want to spend lots money, so I'm looking at entry level models. Currently I'm considering the following: Eos 450D (Xsi) / 550D (T2i) Nikon D5000 / D3100 Lens wise I'd really like a walk about cover-all lens. Over the years switching back and forward between the wide angle kit lens and my zoom lens was an irritating hassle. Also I was missing out on a chunk in the middle - kit lens went from 18-55 & the zoom effectively started at roughly "150" (when applied to a DSLR) I gather that the longer ranged lenses (eg 18-200) are either WAAAAY to expensive or have a slow focus & lack of quality. I HATED the slow focus on the pentax camera, so thats a real turn off... Also I've never had the VR / IS stabilizer function. That seems to be rather useful and worth getting and sacrificing a longer zoom lens for? (eg spring for a shorter zoom range with VR, instead of a longer one without) So maybe I could look at something like a 18-105 lens to start out with? Any thoughts / tips / advice? Gus_Smedstad perhaps?