...My questions for you all are:
1) What lenses do you own and why do you love/hate each of them?
2) How long have you been into photography?
3) Any random tips for a noob like myself?...
EF-S 10-22mm. Probably the best ultra wide lens out there for a 28mm sensor. Compact too. Not so keen on the distortion of off-centre faces at the wide end.... maybe it is unavoidable?
EF 17-55mm f2.8 IS. Simply love it. Feels like I have IS primes of 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm (equivalent) all rolled into one. When I reveiw its images I never 'wish I'd used a prime'.
Nifty fifty. Doesn't get a lot of use (50mm is a bit long for a 28mm sensor as a walk-around) but it is sharp.
EF-S 55-250mm IS. Delightfully light and compact with respectable image quality. Not as high a keeper ratio as my other lenses, I think the AF needs care to get right.
EF 100mm f2.8 L IS Macro. An absolute delight. My 'razor' lens; any aperture, any point on the frame. AF can get a bit lost if it starts from a wildly blurred point on the focusing ring, understandably.
2) I got my first SLR in 1979 and have never been without one since then.
3) Maybe you're not so much a noob, but for true noobs my first tip is to get a hotshoe flash with a swivel head and use it A LOT. Will transform your photography more than ANY lens.