okay, the more I read this subforum, and many other sites, the more I want to get into photography. I first started on an old 35mm canon that belonged to my aunt who passed away in 1983 and the camera was purchased around '75. No one in my family knew anything about it or anyone i was acquainted with for that matter. With no manuals, no knowledge and not much on resources at the time, i pulled it out of a box, wiped it down, put some film in it and shot away. It worked fine at first but then it died (probably something as simple as a battery), regaurdless i was never really satisfied with being mediocre with it and having my film developed at a local photo center only to get about half of them back and throwing them out. I was an art major, so i saw this retro camera as a new form of media to produce collages, etc. I have decided that i want a d90 pretty bad, and have broken down and decided that I will buy it close to thanksgiving because I will have a whole week out of class to experiment and get used to it. I would like to ask you guys what would be the best all around lens for me to get for it. I would like to be about to capture some of the architecture around me because most of it is nothing short of amazing, antique structures. I'm also a fan of landscapes, but probably not going to be what I will be focused on when I get it. I'm also pretty active though, so closer shots of friends longboarding, snowboarding, MXing, and so on will be what i would do with the camera for the most. Not really looking to do super close ups yet but I could see myself doing something like that when I get more of feel for the camera and the differences in lenses. I would say the closest pictures i will probably be taking will be at least four to five feet away from my focal point. Me being the noob that I am want to get something to start with that will be an all around good lense that i can get used to the the camera and i'm sure i will be buying more later as I better understand what I need which ones for. I have been told that an 18-200 nikon VR lense would get me pretty much everything I would want to shoot. Its price tag of roughly 700 dollars hasn't detered me from it, but I just want to ask more for some more thoughts before buying it. I know the d80 is cheaper, but this d90 seems right up my alley. With the newest addition of being able to record short clips, I see this as nothing more than a solid purchase for me. I have decided I really want this hobby to consume most of my free time not to mention i'm constantly on the go, i would really like to capture some of these memories so that one day i can show my kids their dad wasn't lame as hell. anyways this post has rambled on too far as is, but in advance, thanks for the input. sorry for so long of a message. /*cliffs* help me pick a lense for a d90 used by a pretty active guy.