Originally Posted by TailDrag
Image quality deteriorates with lenses with that wide of a focal range. Images at the narrow end won't be as clear, and same with pictures on the far end.
There is no single, do all perfect lens with long focal range. Some are great, but you will generally see better image quality from having a lens without that wide of range.
Understood, but you mentioned earlier that it's a good starter lens.
I'm not looking to be a professional photographer, I just want the ability to take good pictures and have a bit more versatility than a point a shoot. I'm sure there will be a learning curve and I might find that I need a different lens down the road but I need a starting point so to speak and the 18-55 seems like a decent one to start with.