got my first dslr
a canon 40D...can anyone recommend a good all around lens for a newbie under $500.00
i plan on taking pics of people/scenery for now
a great lens in general. try sigma 30mm f/1.4. you can find some for $400. I shoot with a canon efs 17-85 f/4 with image stabilizer which runs for about $400. great for general shooting, but not the best when shooting in low light with the 7d. it would also be great to know how your camera functions. what could be a con for me could be a pro for you.