I was at my kid's soccer game with a dummycam remenacing about the good pictures I used to be able to take when I had my Canon AE1. I was somewhat serious about photography back then and still have 4 boxes of prints/slides from those days. When marriage, job, moves, children came along, I sold the camera and all of the lenses. Behold, my wife heard me and bought me a Canon XSi kit for my b-day with permission to spend a few $$$ on lenses (I do stress the word, "few"). Financially, we are a long more secure then we were when we first got married but we are still watch our spendings. My main interest right now is my children including typical family portraits, the odd weddings, outdoor hiking/cycling, indoor/outdoor soccer games, indoor dance recitals, indoor concerts. My kit lens is a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. I am thinking that I should add a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 ($130ish) and a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS ($300ish) to my bag as my first two quick and cheap additions. The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM is on sale for $199 right now ($149 with no USM); I have heard bad things about the lens but for the price, can't help but wonder. Just wondering, for my needs, am I making good choices? Assuming I have a $500 budget.