I am seeing questions about lenses and zooms and the advise seems to lead in the same direction, that being "you have to spend lots of money". Nobody is giving bad advise its just that I would not want to see beginners get scared away because of money. Just as an example I am going to review a cheap zoom and share my test photos. The lens is a Tamron SP AF DI, 200-500mm, f5-6.3. I wanted a lens for wildlife and after reading MANY reviews I determined this lens was slow focus, and sharpest greater than f7.1 and less than 450mm. I said "I can live with that" not having to shell out wads of money for the thing. It needs lots light so it will work as a daylight wildlife lens. I shot these test photos to give as an example. #1 This is what I was looking at and shot with a 50mm. #2 Shot at 500mm where focus is soft. (Also, dust on lens) On the full size image you can read "Mad Canyon Ranch" #3 Some not so wildlife shot at 500mm. The bottom line is: 1. This lens suits my needs as an amateur photographer. 2. I am not giving up my pro or prime lenses. They ARE better lenses. 3. I am not going to spend G's to go shoot birds.