I have a $2000 budget for a lens. I'm having a really hard time choosing what lens to buy and all the reviews on Amazon don't help since everything seems to be rated off biased opinions. I can't just go into a camera store and test them out, I am living overseas in Turkey and there are no Nikon stores around here to product test. As of now I only own a 50, which I love, but I really feel like it is holding me back. I would like to pick up a zoom lens and can't seem to make up my mind. I shoot mostly children, families and occasional sports for my boys. I'm torn between the 24-70 and the 70-200 VR I. I can't afford the 70-200 VR II, since I plan to invest in some Alien bees. I figure the first 70-200 has to be pretty awesome since It was being used long before the II came along. I love the picture that comes out of both cameras so It's even harder to choose. Any help would be appreciated!