Last year I picked up a D3100 for a small light weight vacation camera. Its a great size, weight and has good performance for my needs. I'm a commercial photographer and use Hasselblad digital and FF Canon in my work so I'm very accustomed to fine glass. This is the problem, my expectations about glass are very high and the kit 18-55 just doesn't fill the bill. I did pick up a great wide zoom, a Tokina 11-16 that absolutely knocks me out. My wife gave me a Nikon 55-200 VR that's very good stopped down a little plus very light, small and cheap.
Now the question, what's available in a small, light weight, inexpensive mid range zoom that has very good image quality. I don't care if it's fixed aperture or not. For vacation shooting its of no importance. I also don't care if it will autofocus on the 3100. It can be any brand as long as it fits te above requirements.
Isn't it nice this isn't another D800 thread?