gasrocks wrote in post #11147018
What lenses do you already have? What body are you using? Wide landscape and portrait are 2 different things.
These questions are important. If it's limited to under a grand, and you had no other lenses on a crop body, I'd buy a 15-85, hood, and a great polarizer. Unfortunately it's a little slow, so portraits aren't ideal (unless you have a good flash somewhere in the budget?). The other way you could go is a used 17-55 with a good c-pol, and start saving quick for a fast prime in a length you like for your low light stuff. I like a 28 1.8 for campfire, indoor party shots etc., but a 50 1.8 for short money can be a great portrait lens too.
Edit: ah, I'm too slow. Look for a 17-55 of some variety and you should be pleased. If your body was capable of cleaner high iso, I'd suggest the 15-85, but not on an XS. 15-85 would be too slow.