Yeah, I know the first thought is going to be, why not a 35mm Prime lens. However I accidentally purchased the 50mm Prime (1.8D). Reading more about the lens, it turned out to be a safe enough move, since the missus likes shooting portraits and close ups. The 50mm ought to do a decent enough job. With regards to the 18-300, special thanks to @Stuge for guiding and advising the noob typing this. I had purchased the D5200 as a kit with 2 lenses, 18-55 and 55-200. Now these were good for everyday shooting, but the hassle of changing the lenses, especially when you are traveling or at a holiday spot, is kind of annoying. I did consider Tamaron and Sigma (nearly half price of the Nikon 18-300), but then finally decided to buy the Nikkor lens. Not sure if there is a significant difference in imaging, for the price difference. Some obligatory pictures - Yeah yeah we'll get to the Atari console in another thread. I still need batteries for it. The 18-300 despite being the newer model is huge! and heavy! I presumed 550 gms wouldn't be much, but when I placed it next to the 55-200 lens is when the size difference became evident. Both lenses flaccid. And both of them fully extended. The difference is huge! The 50 MM is a super compact lightweight lens. I liked the idea of a fixed focus distance, since it made everything that much harder. But the ability to focus on different parts in the same shot does add a lot of variety and possibilities. The image quality of the prime lens was to die for. I'm a noob with photography, so I can probably tell a good image from a bad one, but I cannot (for now) figure out how to refine my image further, unless I play around with the settings. But out of the box, the image quality of the prime lens was a revelation. I'll post equivalent 50mm shots from all 4 lenses for a comparo. This should be interesting. And finally the current lineup - I think the 55-200 has been made redundant by the 18-300, but I'll play around a bit more to take a call. What do you reckon?