Lightweight SLR. Cost vs quality vs weight ?

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Lightweight SLR. Cost vs quality vs weight ?
Apr 7, 2008

Ok, the candidates are (in weight order) [cost with kit lens]:

Sony a200 (572g) [£339]
Nikon D60 (522g) [VR - £422]
Canon 450D (519g) [IS - £529]
Olympus E410 (435g) [£279]
Olympus E510 (535g) [£369]

I am considering with kit lens and also possibly with Tamron 18-250mm (or Nikon/Olympus equivalent).

The Olympus is clearly the best in terms of size and weight. I am worried about the restricted dynamic range, but more importantly the lack of stabilisation. Which I think is a big omission for indoor shooting.

The Canon is clearly the most accomplished camera and best for ISO (early indications). It probably has the best IS kit lens. It is surprisingly light. However it is significantly more expensive.

I am tending towards the Sony as it seems to be the best price/weight/quality balance.

Any comments from anyone would be very welcome. Especially those that own one or more of these cameras.

thx

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