For years I've advocated thumbing one's nose (not literally) at zoom lenses and sticking with primes (i.e., lenses with fixed focal lengths.) I'm glad to see a fellow blogger named "blockhead" agrees. An excerpt from her(?) blog entry:
"...when you have a prime lens attached to your SLR camera you really have to think about your composition. Not being able to zoom in and out on a whim really makes you focus on the elements in your photo..."
I agree wholeheartedly.
Read the entire post.