Somebody dropped my D80 at a New Year's Party and the kit lens broke (like shattered!!), so I think I might take this opportunity to upgrade my lens. I'm just a hobbyist so I wanted a good walk-around lens....don't really want to carry multiple lenses on trips. I've narrowed it down to the Nikkor and the Tamron. My boss and a good photographer friend of mine insist that the Tamron is great, but I'm still iffy about the entire ordeal. The main thing is the difference in price ($680 VS $360). When I make these kind of big purchases, I usually like to spend a little extra and get something quality that can last a long time. What do you think I should go for? It is worth it to shell out the extra $300 and go for the Nikkor with the VR? Will Tamron do the job? Your opinions and advice are much appreciate!! Thank you in advance.