First off - hello again! It's been a long while since I've posted here; I've been busy with a new job etc. but I have been reading along. In any case, I have been searching the interweb (and I ran a quick search here as well) but I am trying to figure out what lens to get: I have a D50 w/ the kit 18-55; I'm interested in getting a good all around lens, likely tele and I was thinking of getting mid-range glass. Now, referring to the title, I should mention I don't mean serious birding etc. because a) I don't have the cash and b) I don't want to carry a tripod and a 600mm around. What I'd like is a good all purpose lens that's pretty fast but light. I am thinking about the Nikkor 80-200 AF-D or the 18-200 VR. I know these are on the very short side but I want to add to my range and keep it <$1000 and these seem like good walking around lenses. Am I doomed to failure in these lenses if I want to do some light backyard bird photography? Is there a longer lens (ideally with VR) that is around 1k that I don't know about, that's actually good? Could I use either of these with a teleconverter? Thanks in advance!