Like many on this forum I'll be getting my first DSLR soon. I've pretty much settled on the D40, seems like an excellent "starter" camera at a good price, but I'm having trouble deciding what lenses to purchase. My budget is in the $1000 range plus or minus $200. I've been looking at a couple different setups but would like some opinion from the bunch here at MacRumors: Lens setup 1 Nikon 18-70 f3.5-4.5 or Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 Macro Nikon 55-200 f4-5.6 VR Lens setup 2 Nikon 18-200 VR f3.5-5.6 or Sigma 18-200 OS f3.5-6.3 Lens setup 3 Nikon 18-55 kit lens Nikon 55-200 VR I'm sure there are a million other good setups out there as well, so I'm open to any suggestions, however, I would like to purchase the lenses new. As for my photos, quite a few are taken while traveling: Hawaii and Europe are common, so landscapes and buildings will be shot fairly often. The 18-200 is tempting as a travel lens, but are the image quality compromises worth it? And how about the Sigma vs the Nikon 18-200, the Sigma is significantly cheaper in the short run, but is the Nikon a better long term "travel lens" investment? I know the 18-70 Nikon will likely yield results with less distortion than the 18-200, but will give up a lot of convenience when traveling. How about the Sigma 17-70 the macro ability is nice as is the f2.8 ability (even if its only at 17mm)? Will I miss VR/OS at 70mm in these lenses? Other options would include the 18-135 Nikon (unfortunately lacking VR, big deal or not?) and a D80 and possibly a 50mm f1.8 or 35mm f2.0 primes at later points. Maybe the D80 and 18-135mm kit or the D40 and 18-55 and 55-200 VR are the best choices to start at? Any advice is truly appreciated, I've been going over possible lens combos the past few weeks and still can't come to a decision. I lean towards the 18-200 for convenience and the ease of travel, throw in a 35mm f2.0 at a later date (I know I'll have to manual focus it) and I should have a good kit for museums and all outdoor needs while traveling. I'll also be purchasing UV filters and a small backpack or pouch/holster thing (depending on the setup) to travel with, so any recommendations there are also appreciated. Thanks again!