I'm having an issue with advice about lenses - as well as the usual confusion and conflicting opinions, every topic on 'budget' lenses all over the internet seems to take 'budget' to mean anything between £200-£1000. Not the same as my definition, unfortunately. I'm a student, and amateur photographer, and spending a lot on lenses at the moment, for me, means I won't have enough money to eat or pay rent. I bought my EOS 400d with 2 cheap lenses nearly a year ago and it about cleaned me out until now. I know, boo hoo, poor student woes, I know. I have decided though, that the time has come for a better lens or two. I currently have the 18-55mm kit lens (without IS) and the tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 that I bought with the camera when it was on offer for £99. I'm looking at getting the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8. I can get it for £60 and at that kind of value for money I'm pretty much decided on it, but would like to hear opinions. I'm also looking at buying a lens hood and UV filter to fit on it. Other than that, my budget can stretch to one other lens. Best bet, I think, would be a telephoto to replace my tamron, which I would then sell (though obviously not for much). I've had my heart set on the Canon 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens for a long time, but for me, that's coveting something that, at £340, really would be stretching my budget. I've also recently looked at the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS non-USM. The price, £189, is something I'm happy with, but hearing poor reviews, the fact it wouldn't fit on a better camera body when/if I get it and it's slow/loud focusing have put me off a bit. I'd consider a shorter zoom lens, but I do find myself using the 200mm setting of my Tamron a LOT. My main subjects are horses, both portrait and action/sports shots, indoor and outdoor, and I also dabble in wildlife/zoo photography. Any thoughts on where I should go? Help would be really brilliant! The 50mm I'm getting ASAP unless I am convinced otherwise, while I'm hoping to update to a new zoom/telephoto before the end of the year.