I recently upgraded to the T1i, and I am a beginner when it comes to DSLR cameras. Even though the lens kit that came with the camera (18-55mm) is ok to get started, I have noticed that it does not give me the zoom capabilities that I would prefer in a lens which I will use most of the time on the camera. Therefore, I would like to get another Canon lens that has better zoom capabilities and that I can use for day-to-day photography. And, I am planning on spending anywhere from $300-$600 on a good standard lens, so-to-speak.
At the moment, I do not have any 'specific' type of photography in mind; however, I use the camera for outdoor photography most of the time, and once in a while, indoors. I have also taken a workshop on digital photography to better understand all the different shooting modes the Canon offers; as well as have a few book on digital photography.
I have read quite a few reviews on many standard zoom or prime lenses; but as a beginner, this has become a bit confusing, and at times overwhelming, as there is alot of information to learn about lenses. I do know that eventually (not any time soon), I would like to get a telephoto zoom 70-200 f/4L USM lens.
Someone mentioned that the Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 AF DC OS HSM (for Canon) is a good walk-about lens, but I'm not so sure if it's a good idea to go with other lenses.
Thanks much for your suggestions....