I totally agree with that last post! and check out pawn shops...post up here for what to look for in used gear. A co-worker and fellow hobby photographer mentioned that he saw some fiiiiiine lookin' lenses at a pawn shop while he was looking for a rifle scope.
I only buy my gear at B&H/Adorama.
GLASS, GLASS, GLASS! get the best lens(es) you can get that will work with your body....you can and will upgrade the body...lenses are forever. (