What % of DLSR buyers stick with kit lens only?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
nkistrup Senior Member • Posts: 2,123
Kit lens for the large majority, because lens shopping is difficult

From the perspective of some one getting to take the plunge into the DSLR world, I can understand why a huge majority would go with the kit, following by something versatile like a 18-300.

Thought that selecting a camera would be a major under taking ... WRONG!  It's the lens selection that is the hard part.  How many beginners scoff at the idea of NO ZOOM capability?  And for a much higher price?  Why should they pay much for a 70-200 vs. 70-300?  The later has more focal range.

Look at the Nikon D5200, which is an entry level camera up on Amazon.  For an extra $200 over the cost of the body-only, you get a 18-105 lens that comes with the camera.  What will that $200 get you, if you go lens shopping?

Not everyone comes to DPReview & spends time trying to educate themselves.

Another way to look at your question, is: How many people are really picture-takers, with much bigger budgets, vs. photographers?

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