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| p.1 #7 · Nikon D600 two lens Kit savings ($500 off) |
Imagine pretty much anyone walking into Best Buy looking to get into the DSLR world. This kit and discount is the bread and butter for the salesman, an easy sell.
Way back, the first SLR I bought was a Canon AE-1 with, I believe, was a 50mm kit lens. I wanted a zoom, but was informed by the sales person, "some old guy", that the place to start is a 50mm prime lens. Being a kid, I really wanted a zoom. That would be the answer: all my pictures were dead, flat, not like you see in a magazine. I remember on several occasions going to the local camera store, money in my pocket, ready to buy that zoom. Each time, different "old guy", I was told the same thing: learn to use the 50mm. Played with it for about a year or so, then sold it.
Fast forward to the 90's, with kids, I decided to try photography again. Went though a pile of P&S's, then decide to try an SLR: Canon Elan 7. This time, different camera store, they would sell me anything I asked for. Everything was "great to have". I wanted zoom lenses, and boy I got them. Cheap too. Each one bigger then the next. But nothing special came in the bag once I got the film developed. If anything, only got worse.
The light bulb finally went off after I bought the next final solution, some off-brand 24-400 f4.6 to whatever. I started to actually real and research, and then ask a lot of questions. Discovered some on-line forums too, which were the most helpful. Sold the super zoom, and bought my first off-brand f2.8 28-75. Tokina maybe? You could crack walnuts with it at holiday time.
When my 18 year old wanted to get into photography a little more seriously last year, we bought her a Nikon 5100. Came with a kit lens. I replaced that with a Nikon 35mm 1.8 DX, and told what "that old guy" told me back when I was 18.