Greeting my fellow forummers. After googling first, to no avail, I thought I'd pose the question here. I'm a beginning photographer and I got a free Canon 550D with my new car. However the standard lens is super crappy and I'd like to get a bit better all round beginner lens. Basically I'm looking for a compatible lens which is good as an all round lens. I'll be backpacking around Japan again this summer and only want to bring one lens to safe on weight. If any of you have a good suggestion in the 100-200$ price range I'd be much obliged. As proof I actually did some research and not the lazy way, some options people advise me to consider are Tamron 18-200mm F 3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Canon Which is supposed to be good value for money.