Bustin' on the "kit lens" Going CHEAP will not get 'er done!
Okay ... this is simply an opinion and you know what they say about those ...
Many people, as you might expect, buy their camera with a $100 "kit lens" in it. I mean, it just makes sense to get a "convenience" package, when you are buying a new camera body and not having lenses at home to support it. Fine. What's in the box?
Well, dear friends, gather round, and grab a beer
because, what I'm about to tell you is a little hard to hear.
In your photography, the nefarious "kit lens" is a "bottom of the barrel" optical solution and it is not pretty down there. It is a plastic lens construct that has a rather poor contrast level to it and also tends to wash out your colors. Sounds like bleach, huh? Well, optically, that's effectively what it is.
Don, Don ... what's the solution?
NEVER USE IT, AGAIN!
It just stands to reason that if you went to all the trouble to go to the Camera Store or online buy a good DSLR, you wanted to get better than "average" images out of it, otherwise, you would have punted and bought a much smaller Point & Shoot camera. Plus, you owe it to yourself to see this improvement.
Everyone is asking: "What single improvement can I make that will give me the best imaging I can start with?"
FIRST AND FOREMOST -> Better Glass!!
It doesn't matter if you are holding the best DSLR camera body money can buy ... if you are shooting through the bottom of a pickle jar! :mad:
Two or three currently available lenses immediately come to my mind that will, without fail, provide the most "bang for the buck" in this "kit lens" range (not price range ... $100 just cannot offer anything that is a "new, zoom lens" ... if you are "cash-strapped", you bought the wrong kind of camera, plain and simple.).
- TAMRON SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF)(about $400)
- TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)(about $350)
- SONY DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 (about $700)
- SONY 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 (about $460)
(Go ahead and click on anyone of these lens links ... I really am trying to help, here. :) )
These lenses are just about the best friend you'll have to improve your basic shot. They are relatively "bright" (lot's o light gets in) and are very sharp to focus. If you do not see the difference between ANY of these and the "kits lens" ... take a few more images, because you cannot be looking very close.
Of course, it is most evident when you actually view your captures on a video monitor, not the back of the camera's LCD panel. To use the LCD, you need to FULLY understand how it works and many new users just haven't had the time to figure it out, yet.
I recommend you do several side-by-side shots, using both the "kit lens" and one of these (above listed) "better" ones, then:
- take that "kit lens" and put it somewhere,
- just FORGET where you left it and
- now, go take some much better colored and sharper shots with ANY one of the other three lenses listed above,
- finally, let that new DSLR (you know ... the one that you had to do all that whining and carrying on, and your spouse finally "caved" and allowed you get. Yeah, that one!) do what you bought it for. :D
In summation: Do not bother arguing or considering that there is a "cheaper" alternative ... other than scoring someone's old Minolta lens on ebay. Honestly, this is it and if you are really interested in a solid, optical improvement in your photography, you now know what it is.
Get your better lens & go TAKE THE SHOT! :D
Guys guys guys ... forget the camera body
Look, I'm not trying to be a "smart-A**", here ... but I don't care if they GAVE you the A300 for free and said, "go take pictures." Get rid of that crappy "kit lens" and shoot responsibly. If you are going to all the trouble to use a DSLR, then use reasonably good glass ... and not a coke-bottle bottom!
I just feel really bad trying to try and assist someone to improving their images, when the main part of their image problems is that almost retarded lens. If SONY would take the time to improve it (and they won't, because they want to sell the higher-end ones.), that would be one thing ... but no matter how well you think you are shooting ... it doesn't matter, because your images could be so much better ... if you would just make the upgrade.
Sorry, I have been at this too long to sit here and lie to you. I just will not do it. It's real personal, bordering on ETHICS! :mad:
I have loaned out my own personal lenses to keep people from using that rediculous excuse for glass. How committed do I have to be before people catch on. If you feel a need to whine about the cost, fine ... but the truth is the truth. It may be hard to swallow and just know that you have a huge fan club of "low glass prices" behind you.
Bottom Line: FORGET THE BODY ... it's irrrelevent ... CONCENTRATE ON THE GLASS.
Just commit to getting results you can love ... not complain about. :)