I'm sorry, but I don't think that most photographers understand what it means to backpack with gear. A tripod? for a beginner? an external flash?
her XT already has a flash. I have backpacked for the past 10 months in Asia, and it's a pain in the as$ carrying extra stuff around, and strapping a giant tripod on my bag or carrying an external flash for a beginner is like telling my mom to put nitrous in her prius.
way overkill. I understand that lighting is essential, and tripods help a ton, but please.... for a beginner, or someone not that interested at the moment, more accessories to make life more confusing, and her bag heavier is a bad idea.
i agree that the 50mm would be good, but on a crop, its too tight.
i'd upgrade to the 18-55 IS II if possible, and call it a day. or get an S100 or something like that. otherwise, just tell her to enjoy what she has and use it
Echo, I have to agree, I bet either she got the dslr as a gift or cause she wanted to take "better" pictures than a p&s not realizing that you have to have a different attitude carrying around a dslr and never got into it
She will not like the Idea of buying the second version of the same lens(and with that thought makes me think she is just more worried about documentation than quality)...at the same time, I do also believe that even if she did nothing she would still have better pictures than a $200 point and shoot....feel free everyone to shoot me down.