Time to rethink the KIT LENS idea?

Started May 30, 2014 | Discussions thread
yardcoyote Senior Member • Posts: 9,654
Yes. How about a prime?

I think camera manufacturers should go back to offering a prime as a kit lens, or at least make a prime an option.  An optically excellent, reasonably fast prime in some variation of the "normal" focal length would be a break from the endless iterations of the basic slow zoom for someone who wants to start with a genuinely great lens, not one that is (by necessity-- I understand this) compromised.

The strangest change I've seen in my return to photography after a hiatus is the idea that zooms are now the default type of lens, and primes are some kind of weird specialty product.  I'll admit I have a personal bias, but the option to choose an excellent fast prime over a basic (and or mediocre) zoom should appeal to artists, enthusiasts, second body buyers who already have a kit zoom, and others who are expected to be a large part of the market for DSLRs in the future.  If nothing else, it would be a point distinguishing Pentax from others.

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