First of all, I'm so happy to found this website. I just found it yesterday and I've learned more in these two days than the two years I've had my T2i.
Second, my 18-55mm kit lens was acting weird a couple of months ago. It sounded like it wanted to auto focus but it would just make some weird noise and it never focused. The consequences were blurry pictures and me trying to shoot manual focus with more blurry pictures. Do you think my lens is ruined? If you think I could use it manually focusing the pictures, what's a good setting to still get good pictures with me moving the lens all around?
I was also considering purchasing the nifty fifty, after all the reviews I've been reading and your great description of it, but I would still like to use my kit lens for family portraits and group pictures (since you didn't recommend the 50mm for this type of pictures).
I love playing with my camera, especially this time of the year when the weather gets better; the days are full of sunshine! Recently I've been using my point and shoot camera because of my kit lens.
When I shoot pictures on a very sunny day, most of my pictures come out really white with most of my settings, unless I use the no flash mode. Any suggestions of the settings I should be shooting with?
Thanks in advance!