Just prior to traveling to Tanzania in June of 2009 I decided to switch my kit 200mm lens for the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED . At the time I wasn’t sure if that was the right decision, but looking back and looking at the photos I managed to capture on the 300mm, no regrets whatsoever. I can also say that if you are just getting into DSLR photography, that the Nikon D90 is certainly what I would recommend. Now I’m not a professional photographer, but the opinion of a passionate amateur might just be what you’re looking for. Hope this helps you in making a decision on a lens or camera.