#1. "RE: Nikon D3000 plus lenses" In response to Reply # 0
I would look at the Nikon 70-300VR, considered one of the best consumer zooms. I don't think you will miss the small gap between your lens and 70mm. You will gain an extra 100mm on the long end as well.
This lens is very sharp and a Nikonian favorite!
Jerry Jaynes Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina
#2. "RE: Nikon D3000 plus lenses" In response to Reply # 0 Tue 23-Mar-10 11:47 PM by MEMcD
The 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR DX is good lens at a very low price point. I would recommend getting the VR version as the longer the focal length the more useful VR will be. If you can stretch your budget, the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR is significantly better: Optical Quality, Build Quality, Range, ect... You will not miss the range between 55-70mm very much at all. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!