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Just an educational note:
On the lens it says "3.2-5.8" which is the MAXIMUM aperture at various zoom ranges.
In reality it also means that the lens will spend most of it's life at 5.8. Back in the day, lenses for film SLRs were often 2.8 for fixed focal length and variable 3.5 to 4.5 for many average zooms.
It is useful to take time to learn what effect lens openings have on shutter speeds and how that effects image quality.
As an aside, the local school where I have been teaching such things (non-credit, night classes) is dropping the entire non-credit program due to budget cuts.
Happily, I'll be picking up the ball privately after 10 years of teaching, but now at a local studio! The need is out there!
Like Lake Wobegon, but without the lake.