I'll repost this in the FAQ when it's back and delete this post.
Alright, I have narrowed my lens choice down to two lenses. I currently don't have a working lens, and I only have enough money for one decent lens right now. I am traveling the summer so I want something that's versitle and that I can shoot well on foot. Smaller size and less weight is a plus. I want to make sure what I get is quality and won't need to be replaced soon because it's worn out or because I have outgrown it as a photographer (I am a noob so that won't happen anytime soon I am sure).
Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
The 18-200 sounds great, but the price is a bit high for me, and I don't want to it be a lens that does everything OK and nothing well. The 18-70 fits my budget a lot better, but I don't want have to carry another telephoto and deal with swapping lens much.
I am also looking for a backpack that will be good while traveling this summer. Just something to carry stuff with me for the day and hold my camera safely (and so it won't be stolen). Right now I am looking at one of the Tamrac slingpacks. Does anyone have experience with these?