My son-in-law wants a camera in a somewhat smaller package than the Canon 350D with 28-135mm lens he inherited from me. He doesn't need exceptionally high quality imagery but wants a long lens as part of the setup.
I was thinking about the Canon Powershot SX50-HS which suits his criteria to a "T".
I looked at prices from Adorama and from B&H in New York City, both of which are great retailers. Here are the prices from Adorama...
I normally think that camera packages are a waste of money but, this package is the same price as the bare camera and includes an extra battery, a memory card, a case and a tripod. O.K., the tripod is a piece of junk but the other three items are something he would need to buy.
BTW: B&H pricing is exactly the same for the bare camera. Both retailers offer free shipping.