Thanks both of you for the replies. The detailed comparisons are very useful Marc and I will likely go with your recommendation of the D5500 (or the D5600) as it more than suits my needs. Thanks Jhanlon for your recommendation - I looked into it further but unfortunately the lens itself is very almost over my budget, let alone a half decent body, although it certainly a lens I will consider if I am making an upgrade in the future (as well as a Canon body). The trophy hunting thing bugs me but so does my wallet and in this case, the Nikon cameras and lenses seem to suit my budget better (edit - I take that back, there Canon could be a viable option, looking into it more). Thanks for the heads up though, I didn't realize that when buying my binoculars from them.
Edit - the Canon 7D is a tempting option
Last edited by Louis_P : Monday 1st April 2019 at 19:14.