I've done a lot of reading and research and the time for buying draws near... Background I finish uni at end of year, and am going on an 'around asia trip' (Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan). Have been planning to buy a dslr + lenses for a little while and will do so during November to make use of the Australian Govt's GST refund scheme. (10% back) Budget Planning to blow all my savings hahaha (on trip and camera gear). Basically unlimited but still would like to make financially sound decisions. Usage General travelling photography Wide angle (always wish I could zoom further out on my current CanonA80) Indoor / low light (restaurants, hotels, clubs? ) Camera Already decided on the 400D. Lens This one is so hard! A few people (on this site too!) have advised the 24-105 but I went to play with this, and it seemed that 24mm cropped wasn't wide enough for my liking. In fact I played with a 17mm focal length and it also seemed not as wide as I would have liked! So I also played with the 10-20 (sigma?) - this was on a friend's machine haha, and I liked that!! So I looked at the canon equivalent 10-22, and the reviews have been great. Have also considered that 10-22 is EF-S and only fits on cameras with cropped sensors, but I think I'll not be going full frame in the forseeable future. Here is the dilema. If I get the 10-22, that means I'll need to get another 'travel zoom' lens? I do not want to lug so many lenses around, esp since this will be the first time I own a camera with interchangeable lenses - and while travelling too! I thought, should I just compromise, and get the 24-105? Or compromise, and get the 17-40 as my 'travel zoom lens'? Both aren't too heavy. In addition to my travel lens, I would also like to purchase a 50mm prime for low light indoor shooting. That's no problem, but then I thought, if I instead buy the 24-70L f/2.8, would I be able to use that instead of the prime in low light conditions? ie is f/2.8 fast enough? You are probably thinking, how dark will it be or what not, and I have no idea, just general answers. If I am indoors, 2.8 will probably need to be at ISO800 I am guessing. Not sure though. (from playing with A80) If I am outdoors and are taking photos of the cities out on the street, etc, I was thinking the IS on the 24-105 would help, albeit it's a stop slower but then again I would probably be using my prime? Haha, any thoughts are appreciated, and thanks for reading. I can't think of a good solution and hope someone with more experience can give some pointers! Thanks!