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Beware the Kit Lens!!
Old 11-26-2005, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Actually I've never bought anything with a kit lens but I did find a 20D sold with a kit Memory Card at B&H. Can someone please tell me if this is a good route to go, or should I take the kit lens instead.

I currently have a 28-70 Tokina that I realize will turn into around a 38-112 zoom. I enjoy shooting wide angle, but does the kit lens get me in this range?

My simplified question is this.....Card or lens or body only? If card+body....is it a good one for general shooting?

Any and all info on switching over will be appreciated.

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Re: Beware the Kit Lens!!
Old 11-26-2005, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its a Lexar...take it....
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Re: Beware the Kit Lens!!
Old 11-26-2005, 12:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The kit lens is not for the experienced photographer. It's for people who want to take pics of their cats and kids. It's soft and not very fast. Get yourself a 50 1.8 instead (t compliment your present lens). Everybody should have one (or a 50 1.4) in their bag. The kit lens will produce about the same quality pics that your curent lens does so it's not worth having 2 lenses of similar focal lengths.
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Re: Beware the Kit Lens!!
Old 11-26-2005, 03:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Personally I'm avoiding the EF-S lenses. I think canon demonstrated with the 5D that they're pushing full frame down the product chain (unlike Nikon [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]). That and having gone from FD to EF 12 years late (I inherited a camera kit, AE-1, and went with it I haven't been shooting for 15 years) I don't trust Canon to maintain the EF-S lens line. This suspicion is furthered by the lack of L lenses in the line. I don't feel Canon is comiited to it. Having said that it is a little rough on the wide angle with a 20D. I decided to order up a used 24mm (which should give me 36mm equiv) and it should be here any day. Any wider and I'll have to use my 8mm Peleng (which isn't full frame even after the crop) [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Beware the Kit Lens!!
Old 11-26-2005, 06:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Kit lens, when use properly, seem to give a pretty good range of photos that meet about 90% of one's photo needs. Everyone needs a nice walking around all purpose type of lens. I use a Sigma 18-125 for this purpose and it does a bang up job of capturing glamour in a great range of situations. And as cheaply as they can be bought, it would qualify as a kit lens, I suppose.



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Re: Beware the Kit Lens!!
Old 11-29-2005, 03:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Personally I'm avoiding the EF-S lenses. I think canon demonstrated with the 5D that they're pushing full frame down the product chain (unlike Nikon [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]). That and having gone from FD to EF 12 years late (I inherited a camera kit, AE-1, and went with it I haven't been shooting for 15 years) I don't trust Canon to maintain the EF-S lens line. This suspicion is furthered by the lack of L lenses in the line. I don't feel Canon is comiited to it. Having said that it is a little rough on the wide angle with a 20D. I decided to order up a used 24mm (which should give me 36mm equiv) and it should be here any day. Any wider and I'll have to use my 8mm Peleng (which isn't full frame even after the crop) [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Well,.... the replacement camera for the 20D will maintain the EF-S mount, and 1.6 format.. the 5D was just an introduction body for those of us who have a specific need for a full frame body, at a much lower cost than the 8K alternative..which I am greatful for.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

They are coming out with new EF-S mount lenses too.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

However, the "Kit" lens... agreed,.....sucks. at 100 bucks,...once can't expect much performance..

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