Thanks for the reply: most helpful!
I suppose it makes sense seeing what the camera can do before spending a load of money on lenses I may not need.
In that case, I'm tempted instead to invest in a telephoto lens at the same time (or soon after), which I'm likely to use as well as the bog-standard 18-55. I as often want to take long(ish) shots of my wife when she's running in marathon/half marathon races. It's not always easy to get close up to the runners at these sort of events
Are you planning on doing some Canon telephoto lens reviews at some stage (something longer than 100mm at least!)? I must admit, your lens reviews are excellent - it's great to have detailed write-ups of vital accessories. Other places/magazines seem to lack in this area.
Do you have any experience of the EOS 55-200mm U f/4.5-5.6 USM II or the EOS 75-300mm III USM f/4.0-5.6 (or the EF model)? (Just picking off some random models in the <£500 category!)