After riffling through this forum for many nights now, looking at lens sample photos (thank you all so much for contributing to that invaluable resource!!), reading all the "best walkabout lens" threads from way back in 2005, to say nothing of all the body comparisons, I have finally researched myself into a rocking, dribbling, camera-coveting lens-lunatickling mess.
I'm pretty sure that I have got to have me a 50D and a 24-105mm f/4 L (which is a fair hike above my pie in the sky smaller budget :rolleyes. I have looked at cheaper walkabouts (tamron 28-75, canon 28-105, canon 28-135...), but I am just so impressed with the photos from the 24-105 L lens that it has built into a Middle of the Night Sleepless Preoccupation.
After frying my previous and rather lesser powershot S3IS earlier in the week (so terribly unfortunate *crosses fingers behind back*) I must replace it pretty quick as I find it hard to get through a day without taking at least a couple of photos
So, can I go wrong with this body and lens? Is there something I might be missing? I take lots of kids shots, some food shots, lots of landscapes, and keep a blog that is heavy on the photos, and do some competitions for fun. At this point in my life I don't want more than one lens (I have 3 children under 4, and I don't want to be changing lenses and stuffing around), but I want a great camera and lens that I can build on over the next few years.
Thank you in advance for allowing me to waste your time rehashing questions that have been asked eleven-billionty-and-one times already - you seem like a kind bunch of people, so be gentle