Hi all, Thought I'd hit the Digital Photography section for some advice as I normally get good tips from the rest of Macrumors. I got a D40 a few months back and absolutely love it. I've always been a keen photographer and think I have a bit of a natural eye for good composition. I would never consider myself a pro/genius though. I like to take a lot of photos at sports events and am in the market for some decent zoooooom to move up from the kit lens. Price is an issue though and I'm not really willing to pay more than £200/$300. I've been looking at the Nikon 55-200MM VR lens, but would ideally like just that bit more of a push to get some long shots. Ideally I'd want the Nikon 70-300mm VR but am open to any suggestions. I understand everyone says you should spend all your money on lenses rather than the actual body, but that really isn't an option for me at the moment. Is it really so terrible to look at a more budget brand like Sigma or Tamron? Also, is image stabilisation really important, or is it more of a personal preference? Can anyone recommend any good value telephoto lenses for the D40? Thanks for any suggestions.