I joined the YellowSide with a D200 + AF 50/1.8 on 13-Jul-07. Here is what happened next. 24: I then got a little stuck wanting the Nik 20/2.8 but not enjoying the reviews. So I bought in an old freind instead: The Sig EX DG 24/1.8, a lens I had before, and I mut say its a joy to have it back. I'm still a little gutted that the Nik 20 that I had my eye on got such a bad press on dSLR. And I wasn't ready to go manual focus just yet for the older lenses. I will probably one day get the Nik 20/2.8 just to kill the curiosity. 85: the 85/1.8 was one of the big pulls into Nikon for me, and its a great little lens, not used it enough yet it got over shadowed already by the 180 due to a trip away. But this will be the portrait lens. 180: WOW! What a great bit of kit hey. This was Mr Candid at a recent few days away. My previous tele was a Minolta 300/2.8 APO G (dedicated to wildlife) ... so the size drop to this 180 is such a relief. And its targeted for 'tele' stuff in general rather than deer stalking. Then I visited Grays of Westminster in London ... and handled two MF lenses 50/1.2 and 600/5.6 ... so there are ideas for the future! Perhaps a 35/1.4? That triplet (24/85/180) joined me in Rome last weekend for a 4 day mini-break, and helped get my frame counter to show 3,200 and something, and its only like 3 weeks old, I hope its ready to hit 50k images a year? I only normally shoot about 12k a year! So, yeah, "I'm lovin' it!" I probably shot 49% 24mm, 49% 180mm ... and some with the 85, only because I got into candid and building mode, so I could really have left the 85 at home. D200 - perfect camera. Perfect tool. So quick to use and change the settings. I pretty well live in A mode, but go M sometimes too. I just love the way I can change the other settings on the camera all from buttons and swtiches. Into higher fps, into mf, into af-c, into spot, so quick. 18-70: this one, I just eBay'd today. I currently have a Olympus E-400 and 14-42, but wanted to replace it with a Nikon walk about Zoom. I don't do zooms very often, so was ready for a cheap one but a good one. And this one seems to have the balance. Sure the 17-55 and 12-24 and VR 70-200 are the headline grabbers ... but none of them tick all the boxes I needed. Something I can just use as a walk about, I'm expecting it to be very good but not prime like. And for that reason I think the price was perfect. UK price is £299 new, but good old eBay brings it to me for £135. I am still toying with the idea of adding a D80 and this might be the pair. Then at some shoots I can be D80+18-70, plus D200+180. So .... thank you all for letting me lurk, I've been reading some old threads that have really helped me get into Nikon and already know which optics to go for. Now I can join the forum properly and pop in the occasional image and help others out. What next. Well, I have my eye on these: Tok 17/3.5, Nik 35/2 (to give me a 17/35/85 small travel triplet) ... leaves the 24/180 for bigger bag stuff Tok 10-17 is interesting and might replace my Sony α100 and 16 FishEye ... but I'm ready for a FishEye rest, The 10.5 is the other option. But you'll see that I don't like overlap or repeats. I can actually spend days at a time with just one prime. But prefer to move about with 2-3 primes. Really looking forward to getting the 18-70 zoom though. And the MB-D200 that I also flicked the eBay switch on today. D200: 24/50/85/180 + 18-70 ... neat huh! If anything, the 50/1.8 might get ignored. Its the small option. And if I get the 35/2 then I'll sell the 50 becuase it just won't fit anymore. We'll see. Lens Lust - what a cool name for a forum!