I am going to Europe in a couple months, and was curious to find out what would be considered "essential" lenses for the trip. What I have: (just got everything 2 months ago) Nikon D90 18-105mm VR Kit lens 2 8GB Extreme 3 SD cards Tamrac Camera Bag with room for camera + lens and 2 extra lenses I am a TPF noob and am relatively new to "real" photography in general. I have begun studying how the mechanics of cameras truly work, but am still pretty much in over my head at this point. Thus far, my 18-105 lens has handled pretty much everything I have tried to do, except for three issues. First, I tried to focus on something closer than about 2 ft where it refused to take the picture. (not really applicable to my trip) The second issue occurred at dusk and early night where I was shooting my dog with no flash playing at the park. I first tried the auto settings and after playing with the settings for 30 minutes, could not eliminate the motion blur. (may be a problem if shooting something with action at low light) Third, a couple weeks ago while at the football game, I noticed my subjects did not fit the frame well at maximum zoom. (definately an issue if I want to capture something in the distance). I am debating on whether to buy a Nikor 70-300mm VR lens for the longer range shots. I have been told that it is a "slow" lens that works best in good lighting, but for the price, you really can't do much better. The camera store said the next step up was around $2,000. I would like to make sure that the Nikor 70-300 VR will capture architectural and scenic pictures while I am in Europe in all types of light conditions. I would also like to have the option to take action shots that do not show motion blur. Is this the lens I am stuck with for now, or is there another brand I should consider? What kind of "distance" does the 70-300 provide over my 18-105? Am I expecting too much from one lens? Thank you in advance for your help.