After much research I got a new lens for our upcoming trip. I usually shoot with a 50mm f/1.8 prime on my Nikon D90 and rarely put a large lens on the camera. I wanted a lens to give me a bit wider angle and yet still be compact for long travel days. So I opted for the Nikon 24mm f/2.8 prime and took a few shots in the late afternoon today... with this first glimpse I am happy with it. For those not familiar with a prime - it's a fixed lens, no zoom, so you "zoom with your feet" to compose the shot. I'm so used to working this way now, and I think it helps the composition skills. So while it's not a super wide angle, it is wider indeed.