Originally Posted by korslite
I think that its kinda the same as any other hobby/profession, you really get what you pay for in terms of quality and can't expect to get $1000 quality or longevity out of a $500 lens. Just gotta decide how much it's worth to you and go with the best reviewed product in your price range
^^^this is pretty true. I have a Tamron 70-300 paid $100 for it, thats it. For what I use it for...it gets the job done. Love the Tamron. As somewhat of a noob in photography myself, I will say to practice shooting more and learn everything you can about the camera, shooting, lenses, and then make your decision. I bought my lens just recently and have been shooting for 6 months. Just my .02. Get used to the camera and figure out what you want in a lens then go from there.