Not being a photographer this is all a bit of a leap of faith but it's done. A Canon 40d body with the (hopefully versatile) EF 100-400mm IS USM Lens ordered today so the wallet is a little lighter this evening. I have ordered a couple of smaller lens for general purpose use as well and of course something smart to keep it all in when I'm out and about. All out of stock of course (curses) so I have to remain patient for a fortnight.
I would like to say a few thanks to a few folk for free advice particularly the following: