I had a Sony DSC-H50 camera (9.1 mp and 15x zoom). I had a warranty on it and it covered cleaning. I sent it off to get it cleaned and long story short.... they lost my camera. So they offered to give me a camera comparable to the one they lost but I asked if I could apply it towards an upgrade. They said that would be fine. I wanted a dslr but I know there is much to learn about them and haven't been able to research them much. I needed to buy one then (another long story) so I told them what I used my camera for and ended up getting a Nikon D5000 with the Nikkor 18-55mm lens and then also purchased the Nikkor AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED. I mainly take pictures of my children especially athletic events (volleyball, basketball, softball) and I want to try to take my daughter's senior pictures this year. Now, to my question. While they told me the 55-200mm lens would be great for sports I'm not sure it is what I want/need. I know I probably won't be able to afford what I really need for sporting events but I would like some input on what I have. I have 14 days to return these if I don't like them (with a restocking fee). I was at a baseball game last night and I just felt like this lens didn't zoom as close as my sony did and it was hard to focus at times when zoomed all the way. Can you tell me how a 200mm zoom compares to a 15x zoom? Maybe I'm focusing to much on the zoom? Is it something I am doing wrong, and maybe that can't be answered with just the information I gave you, but I wonder if there is another lens that might work better for me that is affordable. With all of that being said, I am not doing this professionally so maybe this will work just fine for me and I just need to adjust.