"I bought this lens to replace the kit lens. You'll find out fast that the kit lens is tough to use in low light, interior situations... like parties and sports. The fast speed of this lens (f/2.8) helps a lot, especially as the Rebel XS has a maximum usable ISO of 800. This is an EF lens, and can be used on a full frame digital or 35mm film camera... handy to know."
"This is a great pack for walking around. It can carry a body with a large lens, as well as another large lens. I stuff a couple of lens pens, a plastic baggie for when it rains, and extra batteries and SD cards on other pockets. If you carried the camera in your hands, you could pack even more lenses.
The wide shoulder strap makes this bag VERY comfortable for long photo walks."
"As you experiment more with photography, you'll soon find out how great a tripod can be. This is not a cheap tripod, but it's not expensive either. I find it to be sturdy, and it can hold up to 17lbs. of camera and lens.
Having a tall tripod means you don't have to extend the center column to reach your eye. This helps with stability, and for photographing star trails and other satellites."