I love zoom lenses obviously because it enables me to not have to set up everything and I can catch shit from far away, but I know that there are always disadvantages with zoom lenses, especially with cost/aperature fitting into the project. I love macro shots a LOT, but this would be for my personal fulfillment, I wouldn't really be looking to shoot that many crazy cool "new" pictures because lots of people do macro. I just want an overall GREAT lens. I want to know that its going to be one of those lenses I "couldn't" live without, once i have it. I know it will cost a pretty penny, but photography is my love/hobby...and I'm willin to invest in it. I dont have a D80 yet, but its probably going to be a christmas present from my family. I believe it will just come with 2 kit lenses, which I've heard are alright and decent.