Finally I got myself a 50mm PRIME! I got a used one (manual focus), just to get used to a prime lens. Best part about it : TEN DOLLARS. (costed about Rs1000 overall with shipping and customs). Its ASAHI-PENTAX full metal mount! Absolutely rock solid.
Gosh! I could'nt even get a lens adaptor for my canon S1-IS P&S for this price.
Thats why I love Pentax K100D/K110D/K10D.. . Nice going there, kvish. I was paranoid about buying a pentax but now I guess I have made up my mind.
@mail4ajo, I may not be the right person to advise you, what with stalwarts all around. But let me give you a few pointers. Start with pretty ones. They are easier to shoot than abstracts that many people post here. Try shooting flowers, cars, objects at home and try to capture what you see until WYSIWYG.
There are other basics you may want to read up . Such as framing/composition, which teach you the basics.