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View Poll Results: How often do you use the kit lens?
All the time 2226.19%
Once in a while 3035.71%
Almost never 2125.00%
What is this kit lens you speak of? 1113.10%
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12-16-2007, 08:25 PM   #16
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I used it for about a month, then switched to a Tamron 24-135 for general use.

12-16-2007, 08:33 PM   #17
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I don't know how many poll options you can list, but the first choice is ambiguous.

The "use it all the time" segment should have 2 choices:

1. "because it is the only lens I have".

2. "even though I have another lens covering the same range".
12-16-2007, 09:27 PM   #18
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Just wandering, many do recommend a kit lens yet many do seek a "better" lens, why and what reason behind it ?

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12-17-2007, 11:31 AM   #19
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I swap back & forth between the 18-55 kit and the Promaster 70-300 zoom on my K100D. I like them both, expecially for the price

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I used it all the time when it was my only lens . But now I only use my FA35, A50 1.7, and Vivitar 105 macro. I'll probably sell it soon, not because it isn't any good, but because I prefer my others and I've got my eye on the DA* 50-135.
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I used to use my kit lens all the time, but now I have my FA 50mm on my camera almost all the time. The kit lens is still my widest, non-fisheye so I still rely it on it when I need something wide.
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Because they want a "better" lens! Better usually meaning faster, but could mean better optics (ie DA 16-45mm f/4) or wider range (Sigma 17-50mm)....

As for my using the kit lens, I used it when I needed wide angle, until I bought a Sigma 10-20mm. If you want a "wide angle" Autofocus lens and don't want to spend $300 or more, there really isn't any other option besides the kit lens. Plus, it's good to learn what focal lengths you like to shoot at, so you'll know what type of lens to upgrade to . I always recommend people start with the kit lens for this very reason. For the $80 or so that it costs, it really is a good deal.

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Just wandering, many do recommend a kit lens yet many do seek a "better" lens, why and what reason behind it ?

andy
12-17-2007, 12:21 PM   #23
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... Plus, it's good to learn what focal lengths you like to shoot at, so you'll know what type of lens to upgrade to...
So true. I realized I rarely used the wide end and most of my shots were indoors. So I got something longer, faster, and picked up a flash for good measure. Probably why it sits collecting dust.


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12-17-2007, 06:03 PM   #24
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used it when I first got it, then doing tests discovered I liked my FA 20-35 f/4 better, so I've been using that. I do give up zoom on both ends, but it works for me.
12-17-2007, 06:55 PM   #25
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Sorry for the ambiguity on the poll, didn't really think of it at the time. I also tend not to need wide angle that much as I like very tight composition. The FA50 is typically more than wide enough for what I need.

Cheers and thanks for all the input!
12-17-2007, 08:25 PM   #26
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I replaced my P 18-55 with the Sigma 17-70 for 2 reasons - extra reach to 70mm (which I was missing as my other zoom starts at 80mm), and the Sigma is faster. But Iwas very happy with the 18-55.
I have kept the Pentax 18-55 to sell with my istDS when I upgrade.
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Just wandering, many do recommend a kit lens yet many do seek a "better" lens, why and what reason behind it ?

andy

The kit lens is relatively cheap, therefore some people don't mind using it.

Some people want to shoot in low light, say around f2.8, and the kit lens will not open up that far.

Others want a sharper lens.

Or both.
12-17-2007, 08:45 PM   #28
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With great pleasure I marked rarely, but I have been using it regularly for a year as I got it with the camera with the intention of getting the DA* 16-50 when it came out.

For general photography I was content with the image quality but I was looking forward to thee DA*.

Just got my new lens - it is heavier but it is worth its weight (in gold?) as the results are just so good. My poor old 18-55 is going back into it's box for when I sell the camera - probably next year if the latest post in rumours is as true as it seems!!!

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12-17-2007, 08:53 PM   #29
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Another poll option should be "never use". I took a couple of shots with it when I first received my *ist DS, haven't used it since, as I shoot exclusively with manual focus primes. When I get around to it, I'll probably sell it.
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I deliberately hunted to find my K10D without the kit lens--didn't feel that I needed a third copy of the 18-55. Their use decreased after the DA 10-17 found its way into my bag (nearly 2 years ago) and the 18-200 followed me home in August.

In circumstances that most folks would use a P&S, I grab a DS with the kit lens.
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