I'm going to give myself a graduation gift: a new lens. My budget is probably around 500 (preferably lower, everything I spend extra needs to be taken out of the budget of my next notebook), perhaps a bit more. I currently own: (0) A Nikon D80. I'm very happy with this camera, I feel no urge to upgrade. I also have a flash (the small SB-400). (1) Nikon 18-70 mm standard lens. (2) 50 mm f/1.8 made in Japan. (3) Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8 (the push-pull variety). The 80-200 bazooka zoom (a friend of mine nicknamed it) is my favorite lens, but it's very long (on crop). I very much like taking portraits, especially in the range of 35-100 mm on full frame (~23-70 mm on the D80). However, I've always toyed with the idea of getting an ultrawide angle. Now the situation is that I'm not really happy with the performance of the 18-70 mm. Nothing is really wrong with it, but it's slow and although I can't really put my finger on it, pictures taken with a 28-70 mm f/2.8 Tokina back in the film days or those taken with my 80-200 mm zoom usually simply turn out nicer. I went to a shop today and tried the Tokina 12-24 mm and although I liked the lens very much, I don't think it'd be enough. So I'm toying with a few ideas and I'd like some input from you guys: Plan 1 (1) Keep the 18-70 mm. (2) Get the Tokina UW zoom. Plan 2 (1) Sell the 18-70 mm. (2) Get a used 28-70 f/2.8 zoom from ebay (I'm eying for Tokina again). (3) Save up some more and get the 12-24 mm zoom. Plan 3 (1) Sell the 18-70 mm. (2) Get Tamron's 17-50 mm f/2.8. Although the Tamron feels better than expected, I wasn't excited: the focal length feels about the same as with the 18-70 (I know that I'm missing 20 mm ). Doesn't feel like I'd be expanding my artistic horizon. Do you have any suggestions for me?