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Hi Phil,

I know how you feel! Cool down.
At least you have secured a decent budget for your next big investment and you will be well equiped, when it comes to shooting the fascinating outlooks of New Zealand. None of your decisions will be really bad!

I personally would NOT go for the Canon 30 body but for the Nikon D80, I think this is the better and more future-proof body. I don't mind what comes after 10 Megapixels. But this was the threshold that I wanted to reach (not 8 MP). But only, if noise was under control. My first hand experience with this body (D80) is very satisfying - as I said elsewhere - with its' almost filmlike grain under low light conditions! And the VR-stabilized Nikon-lenses are fabulous.
Now that time is running out before your journey, things may boil down to availibility (at an acceptable price). So don't fixate yourself to much on one or the other, just grab one of those high class DSLRs when you can lay your hands on it (at the right price)...
...and happy whale watching!!!

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Well after a lot of pondering I plumped for the D80 with 18-70mm kit lens. I bought one this afternoon, swiftly investing the proceeds from the sale of my electric guitar as well as some of my bonus. I'm going to order a zoom on Monday. Hopefully it will arrive inside 4 months. The better kit lens, better match with the zoom and overall feel of the camera is what swayed me in the end.

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Congratulations!
Looking into my fav search engine nobody seems to know when the VR 70-300mm will arrive but I think four months should be enough time.
The best price currently from an Austrian shop is EUR429 excl. VAT. They charge EUR21,50 for packaging and transportation to Blighty.

Have fun!

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