« on: March 25, 2012, 06:07:16 AM »
The standard kit 18-55mm isn't a bad lens for starting out. If you buy it as a kit with the 60D, it's rather cheap too, so if money is tight, I'd not be worried about it. I had a 18-55mm kit on my 450D along wih a 70-300mm non L zoom, which thought would cover my photographic needs back in 2008. However, whilst l was pleased with the photo output, I soon got frustrated with the focal range of the kit lens, the annoying AF on the 70-300mm, I didn't find the picture quality at 300mm that great and low light pictures were impossible.
My advice is to seriously consider what pictures you want to take, if you are looking at indoors, look at a wide prime, if you are outside a lot, the 15-85mm gives you greater options, if you are looking at longer lengths, look at a 70-200mm f4 over the lesser options. I've got an odd collection of lenses at the moment, I don't miss having an external flash, I have a cheap tripod (£100) that kinda works most of the time, I've a few filters, polorising and ND, both as screw on and square format Cokin - top tip, don't bother faffing with Cokin unless you need to use grads, even then, it's often easier to hand hold rather than use the holder.
You need a selection of bags too... One to store all your kit, another for a small selection of kit when you are out walking.