For the longest time I have been using a point & shoot Fuji (which isn't a bad camera for it's compact size) and my phone (HTC Sensation) I always wanted to get into a Digital SLR but budget has always held me back. Having had a birthday last Thursday, a long time friend of mine gave me one of the best things I've ever wanted. It was just sitting in his attic as he bought a 50D. It's a original Canon Digital Rebel (300D) with the Canon kit lens and also a Tamron zoom lens 50-300mm and after getting some new batteries for it, this camera works like a charm. Using my iPad as the instruction manual (PDF file), I'm slowly getting a grip on the advantages of this old camera. I just had a question about lenses and by all practical means I know there is no "ideal" lens for all situations (learned that quickly between the kit lens and the Tamron) I am still looking for what might be a good compromise for everyday photos when not heading out onto the trail looking for a good photo, but a lens that is just fine for a road trip with friends etc., along with the occasional scenic shot. Thinking about this, I'd like to stick to around $500 or so if I could. I am insanely thankful that I got a head start with a great camera and decent glass to go with it but here's the hard part. My last SLR camera was a completely manual Canon AE-1 35mm. It helped with exposures and that was it, sadly, I have been using my quick Point & Shoot for so long, I've nearly forgotten almost everything (mainly the acronyms and such) Still, I've gotten some good photos with practice, but in the end, I don't know what kind of lens to look for. Should I rough it with the Canon kit lens? Or should I spend some coin on getting into something I once loved doing so much. Attached is an example of one photo I took the other day. I really wanted a nice wallpaper and love playing Chess (Yeah I know the board is set up wrong, but being a quadriplegic, I really couldn't move the table around... I had to shrink the image size down, forgot I was shooting in RAW which brought the original to over 3MB.