Can I interrupt all your argument for a while... ok, i didn't want to start another new thread to seek help since I think this thread is hot and active enough to attract people. I am also thinking about upgrading to the new 18-300mm. I currently have the 35mm f/1.8 and the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR (including the 18-55mm kit that I just store in my shelf) and I am planning to replace the 16-85 with the 18-300 if it is worth it. Finding a buyer wont be of any difficulty for me and I have enough cash to add. Will this produce better, worse, or the same image quality as the 16-85mm? I figure that the extra range could be useful in the city and the VR makes it even more attractive. considering more zoom = worse image quality.