I personally own a 18-200mm VR lens and never had to take it off for anything. Helps me keep away the dirt and the hassle of changing lenses. Now there’s a new version of 18-200mm available with VRII. It has better vibration reduction and 18-200mm by all means is a good lens. If you want, go with a 18-300mm though I doubt you’ll need all the zoom power you are putting your money into. And yes, you’ll be carrying an extra 263g. of load an a larger lens visibly with the 18-300mm. If you just want to live with one lens you can go with the 18-300mm. Let us know what you pick.