As a gift, I've been told I can purchase a lens for my rebel. Little did the giver know that I could easily buy a $12,000 lens. At any rate, I'm limiting it to around $500. This unfortunately puts me out of range of most of the L lenses. This will be my standard lens to replace my crappy kit lens of the 28-90 variety. It's not like it's that bad, but I want my most used lens to be of reasonable quality. I want it to be anywhere from the standard, to short telephoto range, but I'm open to many suggestions. I should note that I'm able to use my uncles 70-200mm f/4L, which is quite nice. I probably would be buying that if I didn't have access to one, it's incredible. Anyway, the only idea so far I have is this: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Seems to be a (reasonably) versatile focal length, considering it also has macro capabilities, which I'd really like. To anyone that has it, how does it do with taking non macro photos? Comparing it with the 50mm macro it seems to have better build quality. I like the idea of being able to take decent portraits, and then filling the frame with the subjects eye if feel like it, haha. I'd really appreciate advice on the best way to take advantage of this gift, I'm thinking that's it so far, but it's going to be my primary lens for some time, and I want to make a versatile, quality choice. Like I said, I'm very open to suggestions for anything, I appreciate the imput. Thanks for the help!