hey justin- sorry not much help on the camera. i have a cannon dslr that i rarely use anymore. switched over to a micro 4/3 camera which i love. hauling around a full sized body just wasnt convenient and i often left it at home. anyway with with my cannon i have a couple lenses, both tamron, a wide angle and a zoom. there are much more expensive lenses but these work pretty well. i would dump the cheap plastic lens that came with the camera asap(wouldve been better for her to have just picked up a body imo). check craigslist, i picked my lenses there.
btwn im out of the country still, will call you when i get home.