#6. "RE: What should he buy - a D3000 or a D5000 & which lenses" In response to In response to 4
If he will be shooting handheld at 200mm with a shutter speed below 1/300th sec. VR can be the difference between capturing a sharp image or a blurry one. VR becomes more important as the focal length increases. Darrell's recommendation of the 18-105mm should work out to a price similar to the two lens kit with the 55-200mm non VR. He will loose range but gain convenience! Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!