I'm new here, and this is my first post. I searched for some info on this subject, but didn't see a whole lot. That said, here's my story:
I was heavily into photography back in college. I did it all, winding film, dark room, etc. I had a used Nikon that I loved. Then, I graduated and no longer had access to all the dark room equipment, etc.
Around 1998, I got my first digital camera. It was an old Epson. I don't think it was even a megapixel. I used that for a while as I learned PhotoShop (as an aside, does anyone ever really learn PhotoShop? There always seems to be a trick or two to learn. But I digress...). At that point, I stepped up to a Canon PowerShot G2. I was styling! 4 whole megapixels! Woo hoo!
I've done a little photography for a friend's business, and have been steadily getting back into the game, so to speak. For the record, this little camera has served me well over the years. The thing is, it's getting a little old, and I am longing to get back to my SLR roots. I'd love to have a lens that I could change out.
I had eyed a Digital Rebel for a bit, but then fell in love with the 20D. of course, now there's the 30D on the market, and I'm pretty sure that's the camera for me.
The thing is, from what I've read, the "kit" lens is a little soft and that putting a better lens on the thing really makes photos pop.
I do a bit of close up stuff/macros, and I'd like to have a sort of "all around zoom lens" for travel and other opportunities. Are there any recs for these types of lenses? Are the IS lenses worth the extra? I'm also thinking "used" as I can save a bit of money that way.
Thanks for any/all help!