Originally Posted by PhotosbyChuck
I'll second sticking with the 18-55mm kit lens. That's a 35mm frame equivalent of roughly 28-88mm. Canon has many good quality inexpensive lenses. I used a 28 - 105 and a 75 - 300 for 10 years (on 35mm film camera bodies).
For now, stay within your budget and learn to use the DSLR. The more expensive glass will be there when you decide it's worth the investment.
The brand new Canon 18-55 lens is also an IS lens and can be picked up for about $175 by itself (probably better in a package deal). I have one and really like it.
Added note: here is a composite photo that shows how the IS works for the lens. Both shots were made at 1/15th at 5.6 at 55mm and were handheld. The left bust is the one with IS off and the right the one with IS on. The difference is amazing.
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