For the close ups I ditched the DSLR as I couldn't get any macro images (almost certainly my and not the camera's inabilities) and resorted to an old Nikon Coolpix 4500 4 Mpixel 4x zoom. I'm more than happy with the results and it was a darn sight easier to work with, as it had an idiot proof macro setting. I'm thinking that I might prefer to take this with me on the S. America 3 cups trip, rather than the much larger and cumbersome (TOM...cumbersome, not cumberful) DSLR and a couple of lenses.