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  1. #1
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    Is the Digital Rebel XTi kit lens really THAT bad?

    I'm new to photography in general, but have been really interested in it and learning a lot and now want to ditch my A620 for an XTi. I'm really on a budget and am unsure if I could get the kit lens. They're cheap, but I keep hearing about how they're bad. Are they really bad or are they just not that good, because there is a difference between the two. Of course it will be better than anything P&S, and I will probably get more lenses in the future when I can afford it, but for right now I'm only starting.
    Last edited by Endit; 10-24-2006 at 09:08 PM.

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    While the efs18-55 does have limitations, it is a capable lens for the money.
    Dennis

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  3. #3
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    kit lens

    In my opinion I think its a great lens for a beginner. I just recently picked up my xti with the kit lens about a month or so ago. Although i'm sure optically and functionally there are many better choices, and an L lens will be far superior optically, the kit lens has done just fine for me in the learning process. I would also suggest the 50 f1.8, its a great lens for the $70 pricetag.

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    I got the 400D (xti) with the kit lens and Its "okay" for a beginer lens, I suppose...

    But If I could go back in time, I'd put my money into something like the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8.

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    I use the kit lens a lot, and find it perfectly acceptable, particularly around f8-f11. Have had good results with it.
    Dave Quail
    Johannesburg
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    Still using mine a year and a half later. Luv's it!
    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
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    The kit lens is not the best lens, but I would recommend it to any new SLR user, along with the 50mm 1.8. The kit lens will help you to learn what you want in the future. The 50mm 1.8 has good image quality and lets you experiment with depth of field (one of the benefits of dSLR's over P&S). It will also give you a taste for "fast" lenses (large max. aperature).

    Here is a recent kit lens shot that I posted here before:

    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

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    And here is a 50mm 1.8 shot - fun to play with DOF:

    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

  9. #9
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    Some of my favorite shots were taken with the kit lens. I eventually sold it in favor of constant aperture everything, and an ultra-wide that goes even wider than the kit. But until I could afford those, it was fine.

  10. #10
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    If you must get the kit lens then do so but after you "grow into" it you'll realize what a cheap/soft/slow lens it really is. A tamron 17-50 f/2.8 would be the most cost effective QUALITY replacement for it that i can think of but it's a 450 dollar lens so if that's not an option.... le kit. However, i do highly recomend also starting your collection with a 50mm f/1.8 because they're amazing for being the cheapest canon lens ever made. For 70 bucks you get an f/1.8 prime which gives you amazing depth of field control and is razor sharp stopped down to say 3.5 or 4.0 (i'm still convinced that lens' sweet spot is 5.6 though.) What will most likely get on your nerves the most about the kit lens is it's slow aperature. To me personally 2.8 is a minimum requirement for a lens. I'm weird though so... take that for what it's worth. Good luck!
    The name is pronounced bonn-gee-bee
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