I've been reading some very nice reviews of the Canon kit lens 18-55 mm like these ones http://www.amazon.com/Canon-EF-S-18-55mm-3-5-5-6-Lens/dp/B000V5K3FG
One of my friends just told me he can't tell much difference in picture quality between his canon 18-55 mm and his Canon 50 mm F1.8. Could this kit lens be good enough to actually use, at least for around 18-35 mm range, since it's supposed to go soft near 50 mm? I can't really try my 18-55 mm that just arrived since I put it up on eBay as "new and unused"
Uh, did you actually sell your 18-55 kit lens already, or just list it? If you didn't actually sell it yet, you might want to just take down the listing if you're considering re-buying the lens you already bought with your camera, and paying more for it the second time. For the money and considering it's a kit, the 18-55 F3.5-5.6 IS (not it's predecessor, the II) is a serious performer. Very sharp, even wide open at 18mm. What it's not is an available light lens, although the IS gives you a bit more headroom in this area.