Time to rethink the KIT LENS idea?

Started 11 months ago | Discussions thread
Mark Ransom
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Re: Are you certain about that?
In reply to Zvonimir Tosic, 11 months ago

Are you saying that F-stop has no bearing on the cost of a lens? That's absurd.

The primary attribute of a kit lens is that it must be cheap. Otherwise the entry-level system is viewed as uncompetitive with the alternative brands. Those that know what they're doing can always buy body-only and build their own kit.

I've always thought that the way to hook people into the lens upgrade path is with the "starter prime" - a prime lens that's so good and so cheap that it's universally recommended. The Pentax DA L 35/2.4 is a good attempt, but it never got the necessary buzz. I don't know if that's because it isn't good enough, or isn't cheap enough - or maybe just because of the competition with the 35/2.8 macro. Personally I've been very happy with the 40mm pancake that came with the K-01.

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