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Camera help 4 safari to Tanz, Kenya, & Rwanda: Lightweight & zoom a must!

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I'm looking at a new camera for our safari in Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda, and would appreciated any comments on my idea so far. I want a camera and lens that is very good quality, shoots in RAW if I select it, but is not too heavy.

Right now I am only looking at items which are Canon SLR (won't get Nikon) as I already have Canon. I've seen the new Canon EOS Rebel T2i and that is what appeals to me for the body. I can get it in a kit with a Canon EF-S/18-55 IS lens.

The lens I am looking to pair with this for my zoom, is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. I can look at a 400mm zoom if one is available and you suggest that is better, but I think many people here use only 300mm.

Lightweight is a very big priority, as holding a heavy object up for long periods of time is difficult for me, and this body and lens are relatively lightweight. But quality is also high up on the list, and having the right length zoom is too.

I am open to a suggestion of a point & shoot also, doesn't have to be Canon, but I already own a Canon G10, and I do not believe the zoom on that is good enough for this trip.

I was a photographer in my past life, but I do not want to bother with professional equipment as for me now, lighter is better and good enough.

We will have a private vehicle on safari, if this helps with suggestions.

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