I used to my 18-55... then I got an UWA and 35mm. Still... the versatility of 18-55 as a kit lens can't be beat... except by 18-135/18-200 kits.
Here's what I did when I got my 60D
60D - 1320
50mm f1.8 - 121
18-55mm B&S - 90
Your camera is NOT designed to grow any fungus in a short time. I believe that even if you leave it lying around it's not going to just screw up within a few years unless you start feeding it fungus.
<EOS 60D> <Sigma 30mm f/1.4> <50mm f/1.8 II>
<18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS> <YongNuo 565EX> <YongNuo 560>
TS, what is your total budget, may I ask?
It is not just having small aperture. Subject distance (from lens) and focal length are also key factors having a large or thin dof.
So, it is quite possible to get photo with decent bokeh with the kit lens if you know what to do.
When I first purchased my first DSLR, I took my friend's advise and went with 500D body only and a 50mm 1.8, same case, I was on a budget.
Well, the photos turn out great, bokeh and all, however, when I sat down for dinner, I need to move back if I want any photos of my wife with the food on the table.
50mm on cropped is pretty sucky in terms of that kind of usage, across table shots, self portraits etc... it's not wide enough !
Most will say 50 or 85 for portraits, I say it depends how far away you are standing away from the subject, my wife gets uncomfortable when I go like 3-5m away with a huge DSLR in public (I was using a P&S before).
Unless of course it's for a professional shoot where the models are usually standing a good distance away, so it's largely depends on your style.
Actually, if ultimately you are going to get the 18-2xx, why not save up abit more then get it? Another option you can consider like edutilos mentioned, is 18-55 + 55-250. It's a good kit combo (55-250 can be available at the b&s for ~$250) but it gets really troublesome for traveling when you have to keep changing lens.
imo, 50mm is a fun lens but 18-55 will have the versatility here as 50mm on a crop body is quite tight (esp indoors).
And for the of the "x times zoom", if 18-55 is 3x zoom, does it makes 70-200 weaker since it's 2.8x zoom? It's the focal length in mm that matter more. (some camera makers advertise 12x zoom when even a 55mm beats it)
*sorry if this cause additional dilemma/confusion/frustrations* If you have a seriously limited budget, have you considered other options like Sony SLT, Samsung, Pentax or other brands? These brands/systems can save you quite abit. e.g. Pentax KR (dual kit 18-55 55-200) was sold for abt 1.1k couple of months ago IIRC.
(Please do not turn this into another mirror vs mirrorless debate. TIA)
You may want to take a look at some of the shots and discussion posted by the Canon 18-200IS users -> http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/threa...mm-F3.5-5.6-IS
What make me choose my 18-200mm instead of the dual kits lens is as follows:
- Better built quality(subjective)
- Shorter min focus distance in telephoto range compared to the 55-250mm
- Non-rotating front element (good for CPL & GND)
- "Rotation" Speed (it is faster to turn your zoom ring then to switch the body/lens)
- Less haste (don't need to carry extra lens or body during event shooting)
- Only need to purchase 1 set of hood & lens (UV, CPL, etc)
More details can be found in -> http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/threa...48#post4885448
If only cost isn't an issue when I've started off, I would have picked 18-200 over dual kit option.....It's so tempting to even look at 18-2xx now (but less so, as I've no travel plans yet....).
*18-2xx versatility is definitely unmatched, I wished I've owned it when I went for my Travel Trip 2 weeks ago.*