My Everyday Lens
What lens do you use as an “everyday” lens. My favorite is is a Sigma 17-50 f2.8 EX DC OS HSM. Other than having lots of letters, I like this lens because it has a wide angle of view with a wide aperture setting and has “anti shake” compensation. The wide angle allows more opportunity to compose an interesting photo. The f2.8 allows better photos in low light situations. Also the fact that it is designed for a cropped sensor makes it very inexpensive!
For more information on this lense see: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/17-50mm-f28-ex-dc-os-hsm
Wide Angle Lens
The Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM provides excellent wide angle views and effects. This lens will you a broader view of your subject while providing a constant f stop setting through various settings.
For more information see: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/10-20mm-f35-ex-dc-hsm
Tripods improve your photos by providing sharper images, by allowing you to take longer exposures in low light situations and allowing you to take photos in harsh environments. Tripods come in many different price ranges ranging from $30 to $500 or more! This is an area where you should not scrimp. A good solid tripod will be more stable, last longer and be easier to use.
The photo to the right is the Me-Foto I use. Their Road Trip model only weights 3½ lbs. and reached to 61 inches high. These are moderately priced at $150+.