Well, there I was, happy to be about to get a Dynax (maxxum) 5D and kit lens for £200/$400 until the store sold the last one before I got there. I thought the Sony R1 would do just fine but it's getting impossible to find one for a decent price (read within budget of around £500/$1000 - more if I stage the purchase) and there's also the nagging feeling that I could do better (not with the lens but with the handling). So, at the risk of seeming to veer madly around without any purpose, I've been looking and then some for inspiration at countless review sites and online shops and think that I've got some sensible options: 1. Olympus E-500 (evolt) + 14-45 and 40-150 for around £360/$720 - either keep the lenses as supplied or sell on ebay to fetch around £180/$360 and save a little more for the Zuiko 12-60. 2. Nikon D50 + 18-55 for around £300/$600. Uncertain here as my required focal length range is 28-120 in 35mm terms and I don't see any lens to suit within reasonable price limits (say up to £400/$800 plus what I would get for the kit lens). 3. Pentax K100D + 18-55 for around £300/$600. Same comments apply as with option 2. 4. Open to suggestions. My needs are: Focal length (35mm equivalent) - 28-120mm (wider would be nice) Macro - no special needs Image stabilisation - no requirement Lens quality - solid construction, metal mount, low barrel/pincushion effects, no/minimal CA Body - must be easy to make adjustments in Manual mode, must not be tiny, must not creak or otherwise show other signs of cost cutting construction. Other than that I'm not bothered about the brand too much (no Canons though as I got very badly burned twice with EOS lenses in the 90s) except that I do admit to a certain fondness for Olympus as I grew up with an OM-10 and then OM2SP. Does anyone have anything positive or derogatory to say about my stated options or anything to add? Thanks in advance for your comments.