Hi All, I have a Nikon D40 camera with the standard 18-55 lens which is great for general 'snapping'. For Christmas I had some cash and I wish to get a new lens for some portrait photos - we have two wonderful Grandchildren (9 and 6 months) and I would like to record them growing up. Now, I am no David Bailey and am not an experienced photographer so if anyone has recommendations could we keep it in English (if poss). I am not 100% on f stops and apertures and find the on-line guidance confusing as most explanations go into an almost different language. I popped into the local camera shop where the guy just seemed to want to profess his prowess by asking questions on and quoting shutter speeds, f this and that, pixilation's etc etc etc - "how much do you want to spend" he asked, 'Well how much are they' "that depends on reflexes, aperture performance, glass grades and F requirements". I came out more confused than when I went in and suffice to say I bought nowt.:shout: Can anyone recommend a lens that would be suitable for me to take good portraits of the kids and any links would be appreciated? Kind Regards and Thanks, Trikeman.