I also posted this question @ canon forum hoping that I could get more suggestions so I finally got my Xsi which came w/ the kit lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. I also ordered canon 50mm f/1.8 since it was pretty cheap, thought that it would be perfect for entry-level lens. For the past few days, I read all over this forum and other forum that 50mm f/1.8 was not a good choice, and I should've gone w/ 85mm f/1.8 with better build quality, sharper focus, better bokeh, etc. On the other hand, I also read that EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 lens is pretty good for entry-level lens. I know this has been asked a million times, but please convince me as I don't want to make the same mistake like I did on 50mm... I'm going to return the 50mm f/1.8 for sure and will add money for either 85mm or 55-250mm. Which one should I get, the 85mm f/1.8 or 55-250mm f/4-5.6? I understand that both lenses have different capabilities because one is prime lens (mainly for portrait) and the other is zoom lens (landscape or possible portrait?). But I'm looking for lens that is good for all-around-everyday-use type of lens, at least for a beginner like me. Any suggestion/comment will be greatly appreciated.