Kit lenses or negotiate?

Started Apr 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Adam Benn Regular Member • Posts: 171
Re: Kit lenses or negotiate?

Are you planning to shoot video much?  If yes, then the full range zoom is nice to have.  It's not like you can change lenses in the middle of a video as you zoom in and out.

My regular kit is usually:

18-200mm Tamron (18-270 would be nice too though).

50mm 1.7 Minolta

90mm 2.8 Tamron Macro

I'd like to add some sort of long telephoto.  A 500mm f8 mirror is the most affordable.  A 150ish-500mm would be ideal but likely much more money.

The 18-200 stays on the camera most of the time as it is obviously the most versatile, and it is easy for the wife to use if she grabs the camera and I'm not there to help.  It works fairly well for video too.

If I was more picky or had more money, I think I would have the 18-135 or 16-105 as my starter lens.

It depends on you.  Try to think about what you would like to end up with, and don't just buy the most convenient lens at the moment.

To me, the 18-55mm kit lens is a waste of time.

 Adam Benn's gear list:Adam Benn's gear list
Sony SLT-A57 Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro +5 more
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