For beginner DSLR users.....why the kit lenses are more than good enough for you

Started Apr 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Don Daugherty Contributing Member • Posts: 641
Re: For beginner DSLR users.....why the kit lenses are more than good enough for you

My observations:  It feels like you express your opinions as fact.  I'm not inclined to read when you use words like "most", "always" and other generalizations without any supporting facts whatsoever.  Those are opinions, not fact.  You use a lot of emphasis with capitals and bold, but again you don't seem to support anything with facts.

Nothing personal, but the photos included don't make me feel that your point about the kit lens any stronger.   They're just not my cup of tea and I'm not compelled to feel that the kit lenses are great based on them.

I'm curious why you feel like adversarially "educating" people when you've admittedly been practicing photography for "over 1 year"?

Sovern wrote:

You can read the full article here

So after responding to thread after thread of photographers asking what lens they should upgrade to and a lack of love for the kit lenses I decided to write up an article on why I think that the kit lens is more than good enough for most photographers and how it does 95% of what the lenses that cost $1-2K do.

Basically I go into detail of why the lens used in a particular photo is is only the icing on the cake when it comes to how well your photos look and how the photographer and his set of skills determine how his photos look......not the lens.

I also talk about a few strategy's on how to make the kit lens better the primary one turning the kit lens into a non variable aperture zoom lens keeping your exposure/lighting (whether it be flash or not) consistent by setting your kit lens to F5.6 no manner what (of course in some situations you wouldn't want to do this).

What are your thoughts? Do you think that the kit lenses (18-55 paired with 55-250) offers the most bang for the buck and that most photographers would benefit more from reading books, asking for photo critiques, learning about lighting, and learning more about post production?

Share your thoughts.

All the best.

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