I have just sold my Canon 350D with the 17-85 lens. It was OK, but I was never really 100% happy with it. I have decided to buy a Nikon D200 instead, and this time I want better performance - especially improved sharpness compared to my old combination. The Nikon 17-55 has a zoom range that fits me perfectly as an all-round lens but it is quite expensive. I wouldn't have a problem justifying the price if the performance of the lens proved to be stellar. What worries me though is that even though reviews are OK, nobody seem to be blown away by it. It Some even compare it to the 18-70, saying this cheap lens provides almost as good images with only a minute difference... How do you think a D200 with 18-70 would compare to my old combo? If I wasn't happy with the latter, will I be with this new? How often does Nikon typically "upgrade" their lenses? Do you think there will/could be a VR version of this lens in the next year or two? Thanks for your help!