The question is similar as here: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=85431 but I need for portraits and I want something good. :mrgreen: The problem as always: budget, what is maximum 600 . I own now D70s and the 18-70 lens. The 70mm seems to be very often a bit short when trying to capture my son on the beach or playground. Can not really shoot a "candid" photo. I have to come as close as 1,5-2m and that's a problem, too. I'm not really planning to shoot animals, birds, insects (macro) etc. Some of my shoots with current lens: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i167/cumi76/Forum_And_Temp/Tmp_2007_06_12/DSC_2246.jpg http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i167/cumi76/Forum_And_Temp/Tmp_2007_06_12/DSC_2257.jpg http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i167/cumi76/Forum_And_Temp/Tmp_2007_06_12/DSC_2203.jpg I would be very-very happy to have the Canon 70-200 F4 for Nikon... But there are no analogue lens for Nikon, so I have to search for alternatives. I found following: Zooms: Nikon 55-200 VR (300) - Minimum focusing distance is only 1,1m and that's cool. VR is also cool. Price also cool. SWM is fast. Currently this is my winner. Nikon 70-300 VR (500) - quality is OK. A bit too long I think. Not sureif I would ever need 300mm. Minimum focusing distance is a bit much: 1,5m. Almost my winner. Nikon 80-200 F2.8 (900) - pro lens, over my budget. I've tested the one-ring (older) version of this. The quality is very good, focusing speed is medium (for my taste). No VR. The max aperture is constantly F2.8, what is perfect for portraits. Nikon 70-200 F2.8 VR - hahaha! Sigma 70-300 APO Macro... (200 ) - in macro mode minimum focusing distance is 0,95m, that's very cool. No VR. Not sure about the quality. Sigma 70-200 F2.8 costs same as the Nikon one, so forget about this. Primes (no zoom, so that's isn't so cool, but let's take a look): Nikon 85mm 1.8 (380 ) - a bit longer than the end of my 18-70 and gives a very good quality. Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro (380 ) - even more longer. Some say, it's the best portait lens. Min focusing distance 0,29 (!!!). Any other lens maybe? Experiences?