The 18-55 is a kit lens. It's cheap, yet adequate. I've heard very nice reports about the 55-200 VR lens. Have you considered the D40X with the expensive 18-200 VR lens? Nothing but glowing reports for the 18-200. I'd personally get the D40X with the 18-200 VR lens if I were considering bumping up to the D80 with lesser lenses. BH is a fine outfit, unlike many others which advertise a low price, deliver only offseas cameras (which don't have a factory warranty), and never deliver anyway. BH is not the lowest price outfit, but they are reputable. I've dealt with some of the other companies--if it's too good to be true, then it isn't true.