FIGJAM wrote in post #13072751
Well I went ahead ahead and ordered the Canon 15-85. It was a little more than I had originally planned on spending but given the reviews and the range it seemed like it was the better option for me.
I just looked at the price of that lens. Holy mother of ... !
Not the lens I would have chosen in your situation.
In your situation, since you're new, I would have gone with the 18-55 IS. Dirt cheap, great optics. And if it doesn't suit your needs, then you haven't lost much. If it does, then you've freed up a big pile of cash to spend on other things.
For the price you probably paid for your 15-85, plus $10, you could have picked up a Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS (which is optically at least as good as the Canon 17-55 IS) and the 50 f/1.8.
My original goal was to find a lens that would allow me to just grab the camera and go without having to worry about carrying another lens. From what I've read and your comments, seems like this lens should be fit that need.
Only experience will say. But you'll find out soon enough. I really hope you love that lens.
But here's the problem: what experience do you have to properly evaluate the lens' strengths and weaknesses? That's the trap that a lot of new DSLR photographers fall into -- they buy too much lens, or the wrong lens, because they don't have enough experience to know what they'll really need. That's why I and others here generally recommend the "nifty trio" (see below) to beginners.
Hopefully you'll be able to avoid that trap through experience. The 15-85 is definitely a good lens, but aside from the slightly additional focal length range on the wide and long ends, I don't really know what real advantages it will bring to the table over the 18-55 IS. In any case, don't be bashful around here. Ask lots of questions and learn from the answers. Worst case is you sell the lens later on (but, as you say, you'll have 30 days to return it if necessary).
I'll also research the 50mm canon prime you guys suggested looks like a great learning lens as well.
I normally recommend 3 lenses to people who are new to DSLR photography: the 18-55 IS, the 55-250 IS, and the 50 f/1.8. Between them, they cover a huge focal length range, and the 50 f/1.8 allows you to play with wide aperture photography. Basically, it's an awesome way to get your feet wet without breaking the bank, because the total for all three of those lenses is around $450 and they are all optically quite good.