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Old 10th August 2008
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Hello - and a wee bit of advise, please!

Hello all

Just wanted to say hi, and ask you very intelligent folks for your learned advise!

I am a new to D-SLR, and having decided to take the plunge, completed many hours of research on the interweb and in my local LCE, and I finally settled on either an E-420 or an E-520.

My only uncertainities are regarding the lenses. As you probaly know, the 520is available body only; with 15-42; a 15-42 + 40-150 or a 15-42 and a 70-300. The 420 is with similiar, but a 40-150 in a twin lens bundle.

Now, having the advise of the great guy in Jessops ringing in my ears, I don't want to be left with excess lenses. I only really want to do normal photography of the kids, holidays, portraits and landscapes etc, but also want something with a bit of zoom for when you need it. Looking at these lens bundles, and then at the available lenses, I am really smitten with the pancake lens and the 18-180.

So, do I splash out more of my hard earn pennies and buy the kit singley, or do I plump for the bundle with the biggest lens and be done with it? I understand about the different lenses, and what the numbers mean, but I'm not sure if the 180 is enough of a zoom, or the 300 too much?

Do you think the difference between the 420 and the 520 is significant to warrant the price difference, with the only difference being image stabiliser?

Another angle on this is the new 9-18 lens coming out next month - would that be a better alternative to the pancake lens?

Any advise will be greatly received
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