I read somewhere that Nikon may be getting ready to announce a new lens in the 10x magnification catagory. Speculation was that it would be 18-200 in DX format with VR and with any luck auto-focus, silent wave (AFS). When I first heard about it, I thought yeah right another one size fits all. It would probably either be a dog optically or slow focusing like the 80-400. Then I read about a new lens for Canon, a 28-300mm for full frame cameras a 12 x magnification, (equivilent to 12-200mm in DX) http://www.dpreview.com/news/0401/04012901canon28300is.asp About $2500 retail. Now I am wondering if Nikon is going to bring us a near one size fits all (or a lot anyway) lens that will be acceptable over the range and does not sacrifice speed in focusing, although with that range it would need to move a lot of glass to get from one end to the other. I can see advantages in a wide range lens for travel. Imagine little to no lens changes, smaller lighter bags, etc. How cool would that be? I read a review from Luminous Landscape which kind of took the wind out of the sails for my enthusiasm for several reasons listed here. http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/Canon-28-300.shtml But still, if were a DX lens, I could see it being an improvement over the Canon version. Hopefully Nikon learned by Canon's mistakes here. Even so, I found it interesting and wanted to share. Wondering if any of you folks have also heard anything juicy? I don't mind rumors, they are actually kind of fun if you don't invest in them.