I am extremely frustrated because I had a bad experience at a local camera store with one of the commissioned salespeople. Basically he responded to everything I asked like I was stupid or telling a lie, he kept telling me I was wrong about things which I knew were correct and basically was just trying to sell his products without honestly helping me out. Here is an example of a part of our conversation. _______________________________________________________ Me - Do you carry the nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens here?? The older one? I heard it was a fantastic lens and clearer than most newer variations. Him - We don't carry old lenses here, those are obsolete and generally only sold at the time of their release. Who said they were better? Me - I read numerous reviews in my research. Him - Oh yeah, what reviews? Me - What does it matter? Him - *Rolls eyes* Well its best not to take those reviews seriously and instead listen to someone with experience who has been using and selling the lenses for years. The latest ones are made with much newer technology and YOU (yes he emphasized the word) will not notice any difference in clarity. In fact they give better pictures. Me - Well show me the newest 50mm lens then. Him - We're out of them right now. What were planning on using it for? Me - Just as an all-purpose lens, one good to keep on the camera most of the time. Show me something comparable please. *Puts a 24-70mm f/2.8G ED on a demo D5000 and then hands it to me* (Note: He was sure to sarcastically tell me to remove the lens cap when I picked it up) Me - Yes that is a very nice lens, but I'm not looking to spend $2000 today. Him - You know what's a smart idea? When you save to buy a lens, save a few weeks longer and buy a better one. ______________________________________________________ I need some real advice here about lenses, before I pull my hair out. Are the new AF-S lenses worthwhile or are the slightly older ones actually better quality? If the new ones are great then I won't even bother upgrading my D40 and just invest the extra money into a more expensive lens. I need recommendations for a zoom lens. I am not a wildlife photographer so I don't need something with incredible range, just something capable of taking me a little closer to my subjects. I doubt I will need more than 135mm. I am not looking to spend more than $600 on it though. What lens should I get? It doesn't have to be nikon brand.