That's why the price is higher. I've never been able to see the effect of the IS when using the lense, and would not buy it solely for that feature. You usually don't save much on the packages. If you check the body only, and lense prices at B&H Photo and Video or Amazon.com, you should see that the 'package' costs about what the seperate parts do. You might want to select a different lense, and get the body only for the 30D. I would get a good, or high quality Canon lense rather than third party. I think Canon lenses are worth the additional money. Be sure the lense you get has the USM feature.
I'm trying to decide between two of the pre-packaged camera kits offered just about everywhere which include either the 18-55mm lens or the 17mm-to-85mm lens. The price is a quite a bit higher for the 17-85 kit but I believe it also has IS with this lens. I plan on using the lens for most of my general day-to-day shots. Not sure if I need IS on this lens anyway. Which kit would be the better choice?
Thanks up front for any insight offered.