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Get it refurbished with 18-55 for $650 and buy whatever longer lens you want and come out ahead still. http://www.adorama.com/INKD5500BKR.html
To be clear, I am an amateur here...mostly doing family stuff but like the ability to get close in as I really like capturing facial expressions and all.
I could see the 17-70 as a lens to carry on outings and the like, while the 18-140 would be great at home where actually carrying it around wouldn't be as burdensome.
wish there were a place near me that had all these lenses to look at!
Thanks BVS. I guess I always thought the Vivitar lenses were good. What brand should I look for on filters?