So.... I sold off my D40, 18-55mm and 55-200mm kit lenses along with a few extra batteries and SD Cards for the body, and extra camera bag, etc. Neither the Wife or I use it. She grabs the D80 whenever she wants to snap off some pics and I grab the D300. Only ever used the 55-200mm once for the Champ car Race here in 2007 and decided I wanted more length so I grabbed the 70-300mm VR. The fact that I sold the 18-55mm didn't please the Wife too much as she liked the lens and used it on the D80 a lot to chase the kids around and snap pics of them. I like to use my primes. So I told her I 'd buy her a new zoom she could use. I want to get her some nice glass... she doesn't care if its "pro" grade or not. But if I ever need/want to use it I'd like it to be so. I was personally thinking either the 17-55mm f/2.8 or The Beast. Considering she would be using it the most and likes a more lightweight kit... where as weight doesn't matter to me... I'm sure she would prefer the 17-55 and I would choose The Beast. Though she would prefer a lighter kit... she is not a weak girl and could handle The Beast. Now... that said... She will often sit beside me and read Nikon Cafe as I'm going through it and comment on all the pictures taken by everyone here and does value the opinions of those that post here. She has learned a lot(as have I) from those here and her photography is getting noticeably better. She knows the approximate costs of both lenses and being the frugal lady she is would probably go for the 17-55mm initially but wouldn't mind the extra cost of The Beast if its IQ is considered to be better. Money for either really isn't an issue. So.... thoughts... opinions?