Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) I really want to stay loyal to the Sony Alpha line, since it is the successor to the Minolta line I've had such fun with. But Sony leapfrogged my market segment by releasing a $3000 20 megapixel beast, and leaving their A700 to languish.
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras A $1700 lens, before discount. Image stabilized, and F2.8 throughout the zoom range, with the "ultrasonic" focus, and a minimum focal distance just close enough to make macro photography possible, while still giving me a nice range for travel shooting. And supposedly, the glass is on par with Canon's L series. (If I was rich, and did a lot of traveling, I'd be tempted to complement this with a 70mm-200mm lens.)