I'm really new to photography. I took a class in high school and am very interested in it but with little experience. I am going to purchase a rebel XTi and have been looking at the "kits" from Coscto, Amazon and others. I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on the kit offered by Andromina due to the recommendations from this site. Then I started thinking about buying the components seperately compared to together. The kit is this; KIT INCLUDES 3 PRODUCTS: <#1> Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) + <#2> Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens [Outfit] PLUS + <#3> Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens ALL BRAND NEW Items with all Manufacturer-supplied Accessories + Full Canon USA Warranties. I plan on taking pictures of family stuff. Kids at play, sports and some senery stuff. My question is should I buy the kit with the kit lens or buy the body and EF 18- 55 lens now and save up for the zoom lens with the IS? I'm not completely sure of what the offered zoom lens is being offered above but it looks to me that neither of them are IS (what does EF-S mean?). Thanks for your input. By the way I'm trying to stay under $850 for my first purchase.