I have been using a Powershot SX20IS and it has been a perfectly good camera (and will continue to be) for everyday shots of family, travels etc. It has also allowed me to explore several areas of photography from macro to landscape, wildlife to sports and I now know which direction I'm interested in. As I take part in (I wouldn't say compete as I don't take it seriously enough!) duathlons and triathlons, I have found myself wanting to photograph them. I like the fact that you combine the elements of setting up a shot as you would in a landscape shot, but at the same time having to react to the action as you would whilst shooting street. However, as I have shot more, I'm really starting to realise the limitations of my camera. IQ as the sensor has 12 megapixels crammed onto a tiny sensor - it has a 5.6x crop factor! (A 5-100mm lens provides a 35mm equivalent 28-560mm) The speed is only 1fps and focussing can be troublesome. Physical size - I have big hands and they cramp up after long use with this camera. At present, I live in Taiwan, but will be moving to Perth (Australia not Scotland!) in three months. From research, it seems that camera equipment isn't cheap in Oz whereas its about on par with the US here for both new and used, so I'm thinking of buying before I go. There are many triathlon clubs in the Perth area and there are about two events per month in Western Australia. What and where will I shoot: Triathlons and I could see this leading into Surf-Lifesaving events as well. These events happen during the summer season, normally starting about 7/8am and running for 1-3 hours. Obviously, the Surf-Lifesaving will happen on the beach, but a lot of the Triathlons also start/take place on or near a beach. Output plans: I plan to produce photo books for triathlon clubs documenting their season with the option for individual members to buy enlarged prints (probably no bigger than 2'x3' or 60cmx90cm). Requirements: Triathlons allow you to get fairly close to the competitors, so a two lens set up should be enough - a wide/normal and a medium zoom. I think Delly Carr is a good professional in this area and I'm inspired by his shots of the Perth International Triathlon which can be found here. From my limited experience already, I have found myself sitting in ditches, climbing overhanging trees etc to get a different angle. Added to this is the likelihood of being on a beach, so I need some robust equipment. I will be buying a monopod and 430 Speedlite (for fill-in flash) whatever option I go with. I am a believer in putting Canon glass on Canon bodies. I also like the idea of fixed apertures. I have $2,000 to spend. Option 1: Used 40D ($700), used 70-200 f/2.8 Non-IS ($1,100) and new 50 f/1.8 ($100) Option 2: Used 40D ($700), new 70-200 f/4 Non-IS ($650), used 17-40 f/4 ($650) Option 3: Used 1D II ($1,000), new 70-200 f/4 Non-IS ($650), new 24 f/2.8 ($330) I know traditional thinking is to go with the best glass you can afford and then add the body, but I am leaning towards Option 3 as I feel the 70-200 f/4 is still an excellent piece of glass and I'm shooting outdoors, so don't really need the wider aperture. The 1D II's focussing, IQ, speed and robustness might be worth spending the extra money here. I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance.