Roofjac wrote in post #18540681
Thanks to you all for your input. What would be your opinion of the Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8? It would be a wide angle lens and is fairly fast for night shots.
You wouldn't want the 24mm as far as field of view. It is already covered by your 18-55mm. Yes, it may be faster, but you may be able to overcome that by appropriate bracing of the camera or a small monopod (see below) at night. Even thought the XS is an older camera, I would think you could get reasonable results at ISO 800 to 1200.
I posted this elsewhere, but I'll do it again:
You may want to consider throwing together a poor man's monopod, just in case. Now, I will tell you that many a person is skeptical, but all that proves is they haven't tried it. It works well, costs about $3 and weighs little. Go to a hardware source and get an 1/4-20 eyebolt and two nuts, same size. If you can find it, you can get these items in nylon which minimizes the weight but costs a bit more. Mount the two nuts on the eyebolt and then screw the eyebolt into the camera but do not tighten it. Back it off slightly then position and lock the two nuts. This ensures you won't bottom out the eyebolt in the camera socket and possibly damage the camera tripod socket. Then, purchase 5 to 6 feet (depends on your height) of string and tie it to the eyebolt. Tie the other end to something like 3/8 inch dowel, 2 to 3 inches long (with a drilled hole) and position it so you can stand on it and the string is taught when the camera is at eye level. I'm sure you get the idea. Seriously, by eliminating the vertical plane motion you can get some long exposure hand held shoots using this simple device. I've carried one since 1963 when as a student I found myself in Europe. I couldn't afford a tripod, nor did I have the space in my sea bag to carry it. But I was able to get great hand held shots in buildings and night time shots on the streets. I might add I didn't have the benefit of high ISO, or ASA as I believe it was called. 400 or a push to 800 was about the best you could do with Ektachrome! My wife reminded me that in many a museum that did not permit a tripod, I could use the poor man's monopod without any issues.