I have had a D200 with the 18-200 lens since it came out. Has always been more camera than I need, but it was the only one available (affordable for me) at the time that I could connect my gps to for location info.
I would like a body that does video that would work with the lens I have. Although, I am not opposed to getting another lens if needed as I will keep the D200, they just don't sell for much used. The kids love taking pictures and have an interest in learning the camera.
Most of our use is kid's soccer/basketball games, out on the boat, pictures of construction projects.
A couple of issues with the 18-200: 1) When the lens is pointed to the ground, the lens will extend on its on. 2) It looks like there are specs of dirt or dust inside the lens around the opening. The lens has never been detached from the body since purchase. I have read that dust will enter the lens when not attached the body.
Is there a repair/cleaning service for lenses?