Right now I'm using the kit lens with my T1i and its OK. I know there is much better glass out there. If I had a budget of about $500 plus or minus $50 or so, what's a good lens to step up to? I know the budget doesn't leave me much room, but I can't drop the coin on something above that right now.
I already have a nifty fifty on the way with a B&H UV filter and would prefer something that has some decent wide angle ability for a second lens.
Or am I better off going with a wide angle fixed lens? Thoughts?