Wow, thanks guysI I want to respond to each of you. I am going to check out the Tamron's as well as, kerbouchard the Nikkor as recommended. I selected those 6 as finals because I know they all have macro capability as well as low light/fixed apertures. They vary slightly in terms of maxiumum and minimum focal length, as you know. Knowing that going awith a few of them would be a good choice is reassurring. I've got kids to put through school so "pissing" away 400-500$, although I have credit, is hard for a mom to do without knowing that it is at least for a product I'm confident in and that I'm hoping I won't have to re-sell if I don't like and lose money on. I'm thinking of eventually picking up a prime wide angle, but that will be later on. I rarely need a wide angle. How is the "bokeh/DOF" in these lenses?