EDIT: Well, the noob that I became slightly less noobish. I just now realized you can simply look at 'minimum focal distance' on the lens specs to find this out. WOW, waste of money on my 55-200 since I used it less than 4 times. Anyone want a brand new lens for cheap?? LOL I am perplexed about this. I have two lenses, an 18-55mm and a 55-200 mm. Now I have been almost only shooting with my 18-55 mm lens, but I have been thinking about upgrading to a 50mm f1.4, so I decided that I would start shooting with my 55-200 lens, and keep it at 55 to see if I like this focal length. Something weird happened. What I thought, was that taking pics with my 18-55 at a focal length of 55mm would be the exact same as taking pics with my 55-200mm at focal length 55. Not so I found, but I have NO IDEA why this is. What I found was the 55-200mm lens was unable to focus at close distances to the subject, whereas the 18-55 lens at the same FL was able to focus extremely close. Here are two pics. The first is taken with my 18-55 lens at FL 55mm. Notice how close I was able to get with this lens: Now here is the second pic, taken with the 55-200mm lens at FL 55mm. This was the CLOSEST i could get to the subject and focus. This totally through me way off. I thought that the same FL would have the same focus abilities. Now I am scared to get the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens, because I like to take my shots close to the subject. Can someone comment on why this is happening and try to explain it? Also, how would the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 (AF-S) compare to these shots?