I have a D70 and a few Nikon lenes, 18-35 ED-IF, 24-105D 80-210D, 50mmMF, 35MF 55microMF, 135MF. As you can see my lenes are older style but still work rather well on the D70. Although the manual focus lenes do not meter, I use them mainly on a tripod for landscapes so a external meter or digital Polaroid via the lcd screen works well. I love the sharpness & contrast I get with the manual focus lenes. I spent years as a darkroom printer and printed for some top pros so I really appreciate good quality lenes, however I do not have unlimited funds. I have about $500-$600 to spend. I feel my weakest lens are the 18-35 because it just does not go wide enough, and the 80-210 because the auto focus is slow (goes all the way in and out when focusing). I have some funds to be able to add to my collection and I am leaning to the 70-300mm VR. I am wondering if I will notice a big difference in the extra 100mm and hopefully better focus. My other thought is the Nikon 16-85 DX to give me a wider reach. However I dream of moving to a FX body in the future so I an hesitant to get a DX lens. Any thoughts or suggestions.