Hello everyone, Just got me a Nikon D40m kit with 18-55mm afs lens and loving it. This is my first DSLR and wanting to learn everything I can on it. I wonder why it took me so long to purchase one... oh well I got one now! I've owned a few point and shoot camera's including a Sony H5 which is why I stepped up to a DSLR. Anyways, so as much as I am lovin my new camera the kit lens is not cutting it for me. Believe me its great and all but I want something with more zoom. Been lurking around here for awhile and I guess something like the "Nikon Zoom Super Wide Angle-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR II Autofocus Lens" would be nice but way too expensive esp for a NEWB! So I'm leaning towards the "Nikon Zoom Normal-Telephoto 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens". How important is having a VR lens than not? Well, my battery is fully charged now and it seems like a nice day outside! Going out to shoot... be back in a bit!!!