A good lens with a good zoom is the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II. It gives sharpness and brightness and is easy to work with. It has a image stabilizer to make the picture less blurry.
I love to take pictures of animals:
The lens might feel plastic but the quality of the pictures are amazing. The lens is cheap too. As you can see on the above pictures, the lens gives colorful pictures. I have not done anything to the pictures, no effects. The only thing I have done is to put my logo on them.