Unfortunately, at the time I didn't know any better than to get the kit lens. I've learned a lot in the past few months since I got this camera.
What I'm finding the most is the the edges of pictures taken with that lens can be very soft, and light on those edges often has a blue fringe (sort of a prism effect, I'm not sure what the proper term is). A smaller aprrature helps with the softness on the edges. Not sure about the color fringe, yet. I'm going to look at the photo's I took on the 4th some more and check what my settings were to see what works and what didn't.
One of my favorite shots from the 4th was this one
. That image has EXIF data on it if you want to look. ISO 100, f/11, 4 second exposure. I also got a shot of this unusual phenomenon
I definitely need a sturdy, light tripod as I'll be hauling it around with me.
By the way, Lidge, have you received the DVD of the pictures I took in Oregon, yet?