I have finally decided to upgrade from my Olympus C770 to a better camera. All of these years, all of the places I have traveled to, have resulted in mediocre quality images. The grandeur of Rome, the Majestic mountains of northern Italy....so many opportunities missed due to my camera. Whether it would not focus fast enough, or because I did not possess high enough quality zoom, so many shots were lost. But no more! I will now forgo a new graphics card in exchange for a good camera and lens (s). I was considering the Nikon D90. I am pretty set on that camera....due to many things, notably the film function (I like to take videos and pictures in tangent to better capture my location). So unless you guys really think that it is not a good camera, I will go onto what I am a little overwhelmed over, the lens! After looking through the Nikon website for hours I am still unsure what I should buy. It is a hard choice because 1. I am very picky when it comes to anything auditory or visual 2. I am not rich 3. I take a considerable number of very close up pictures [plants, etc...] 4. I take many telephoto shots [If they can be called that....long distance shots] 5. I do not have perfectly steady hands 6. I often go through harsh environments [-20 to 120]. So considering these.....what lens (s) would you suggest? My maximum budget for lenses after the camera is around $700....and that is the ABSOLUTE MAX....I would prefer to go below $500 though so that I can eat. And if you think that I might require something better.....I might consider sacrificing 2-3 months of future income for the cause. So...here is what I am thinking. I would ideally have an all rounder. I was looking at the AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED. It looks good to me, although, it seems to have gotten many bad reviews, many complaining about distortion that should not exist in a lens of its price range. The next one I found was the 55-200mm VR ED lens. I was thinking about using this one alone.....though I have never dealt with separate lenses before, so I am not sure what the base 55mm will look like. From what I can tell, it will be by default "zoomed in"....which will be a problem when trying to take landscape shots and indoor shots where I want to be "as far back" as possible. Along with that, it received, like anything else under $500, multiple negative reviews...which although were from picky professionals, still dissuade me from buying it. I really don't know......what do you guys suggest? I would like to buy this by tommorow, as I am going on a trip soon and want to have a better camera by then. Thanks.