I came across this guide whilst looking for something else. Is the information accurate? I'm looking at inheriting my daughter's old SLR (CANON of some recent vintage) but will need to purchase lenses so am researching my options now.
That is a very good rundown of lenses for the Canon line. I particularly like how it mentions the 3rd party manufacturers.
Unless you can get the lenses used from a reliable source, you're going to be buying new. The 3rd party lenses are almost as good as the Canons at a much lower price. My 135-400mm is a Sigma and it serves as my primary eagle lens. A 400 mm f4 or f2.8 PRIME lens would run in the thousands.
Also, the white Canon lenses are better than the regular lenses, but because they are considered "pro" lenses, you will pay a higher price for them. My 70-200mm f4 is a white one. To get the f2.8 version would have set me back close to $600 more.
If I were buying someone a kit to get going, I'd get a good 28-70mm, preferably with Image Stabilizer and augment it with one of the newer 55-250mm IS zooms.
Make sure you can try the lenses on the body you're buying. Some Canon lenses are designed to work ONLY on the sub-full frame sensors and will not work on a full frame model. The full frame models will work on ANY Canon, however.
Thanks mate, I am waiting to see the camera before I go shopping, probably next month sometime. Any lens I purchase will probably be on e-bay so may not get the option to try before I buy.