The 18mm - 200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Wide Angle Telephoto Zoom is a terrific lens and can be had for around $750 with a full 5-yr USA warranty. I used it today on a D80 and shot everything from a large group photo to subjects moving rapidly at 30 m or greater distances, outdoors, overcast. The VR works and it works great, and from f/3.5 to f/orgetaboutit no matter how little light and how marginal the shots should have been, they all came out sharp. I was very impressed.
I do not own this lens but it's on my short list. It can take the place of at least two smaller lenses and the VR is a must-have IMO. The only negative I can think of is creep, so if you wiggle the camera around a lot between shots you will have to re-zoom to whatever range you were working in. In practice this was not a problem. Loved it. Thumbs up. AAMOF this lens on a smaller, lighter D40 body would make a great go-everywhere, shoot-anything, "compact" SLR setup IMO.