Time to rethink the KIT LENS idea?

Started May 30, 2014 | Discussions thread
Mark Ransom
Mark Ransom Veteran Member • Posts: 4,282
Re: Are you certain about that?

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.

 Mark Ransom's gear list:Mark Ransom's gear list
Pentax K-7 Pentax K-01 Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Pentax smc FA 50mm F1.4 Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro +2 more
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