Welcome to the SLR camera ! Look like you need a variety of lenses, mostly zoom-lenses. If you have a budget to spend, I suggest that you go for most L-series lense.
1)For the long-distance photography, Canon 70-200 mm F2.8L is the most preferable. You can go for the longer focus length , such as 35-300 mm.
2) For the close up picture, you need the macro lense, such as Canon 100 mm Macro.
3) For the all-cover-up ( all purpose ), I suggest Canon 24-70 mm F2.8L.
If you can't spend that much for them. Canon 24-70 mm F2.8L or 17-40 mm is most desirable. I own and frequently tested them on with my old Canon EOS 5 and still quite happy with my Canon 24-70 mm,F2.8L and 70-200 mm,F2.8L . The picture quality is very good. The lenses are expensive, but worth the money , once you take it seriously. Good luck.
Ok, I think I've decided on the camera I'm getting via reviews on this site and others - the Canon Digital Rebel. Now that that parts done (and deciding took a considerable amount of time) I need to know what lenses to get. I know I'll need a macro and a telephoto, but there are different mm of each and I'm not good with understanding the lenses.
I'll describe I guess what I need them for:
1) Longdistance wildlife photography - birds in flight mostly
2) Closeup fish pictures with the subject no more than 2ft away, and closeup insect/other animal
3) I guess a general, good-for-most-anything (like family pics, etc), lens w/zoom
Now I don't have an unlimited supply of $$, but I don't want the cheapest stuff either. This isn't for pro-work or anything like that, but I'd like to produce good pictures.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions. And, though this may be pushing it, if you have any example pics taken w/ the recommended lense that'd be superb.