Originally Posted by jello_g
This "ef50mm" is a redundant purchase, as you're just discovering.
Everyone should still have a 50mm 1.8f prime lens, they are great for portraits and they are cheap compared to most low f-number lenses.
It's a good lens, just not for his use. It is no where near wide angle.
As everyone mentioned, he needs a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens or a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM. (Both of those lenses cost more than his XS body.