I am working on a new video discussing the pros and cons of buying a camera with a kit lens.   Take a moment and answer the super simple poll. Feel free to leave additional thoughts in the comments about what has or has not worked for you lens-wise.

Did you buy your camera with the kit lens?


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  1. Actually, purchased the first camera with the kit lens and the second without but I did get a lens at the same time. When it comes to a kit lens the question I am simply asking myself is “will it be worth having?”

  2. When I bought the 700D/T5i I got it with the kit zoom. The 18-55 STM (which was pretty darn decent at the time. I learned a tonne with it).

    Kit lenses gets bashed all the time for so many weird reasons. It’s kinda obvious that u can’t get a 70-200 2.8 (rebel series plus lens) for under a grand.

  3. My first camera was purchased with a kit lens, my children and wife quickly ‘adopted’ both of those. Subsequently I purchased a camera for myself and another for my wife. Both of those were bodies only.

  4. I bought my camera used and bought a lens separately. I don’t believe I’ve ever bought a brand new camera – last year’s models are usually available at a huge savings so all it takes is a little patience to find the right deal. This stuff is not cheap – so why not?

  5. I got the kit lens as a starting point to know what focal length I would use the most, after coming from a camera, the SX20is, that gave me plenty of reach, but never actually analyzed the data.
    Soon however, just 6 months after my initial purchase, I got the Tokina 11-16, and now I’m longing for the 35mm from sigma, a 70-200 f/2.8, possibly Tamron, which I know would be a lens I’d use the most for my type of shooting, and the 50mm f/1.8, for the fun, and the ability to have a silent focus system.

    • The new 50mm STM from Canon is not silent by any means. The 18-55mm STM is silent.
      But it’s way quieter than it’s predecessor, I own both and I have tested them both.

      My reasons for it would be:
      Metal mount (equals longer use)
      STM (the sound, the creeky squeeky special is gone now, which played a huge role for me when it was announced)
      Almost unbeatable price (what primes are selling for 125-150$ right now besides Yongnuo?)

      Watch (I bet U already have) Tobys awesome review on YT (you can find it here as well)

  6. I bought my 70D with the 18-135 Kit lense, and then added the 55-250 STM lens to the package as well for another “about $150” (I don’t remember exactly how much extra that added).

    I use the 18-135 probably 95% of the time.

  7. I bought T5i came with 18-55stm and 70-300, I sold 70-300 and bought 18-135stm. I haven’t used 18-55. Can’t decide on getting long lens or a prime?

  8. I bought the 70D without the kit lens. I looked at the camera with the kit lens and thought if I were to want to upgrade this later what would I upgrade it to, I picked the Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC HSM OS, so I just went ahead and bought this with the camera body.

  9. I am totally satisfied with my kit lens. The kit lenses are vastly better than they were years ago. They are a good value for the money. My kit lens was as 18-55 Canon STM, it takes good quality pictures. Sure it isnt a weather sealed comstant aperture f2.8 L or Art series lens but for only a little more than the cost of the body alone it does a great job for the money invested. It focuses silently, quickly and accurately. I also have 2 other Canon Zoom (Telephoto and Ultra Wide) and 3 Canon Primes, all of them are STM lenses and they all work well for my needs. I feel all were a good value for the money and they allow me photograph what I want on limited budget. Maybe some day I will invest in more expensive glass when I upgrade to a full frame but for now it does what I want and I am satisfied with my choice.

  10. I got the 18-55 with my 600D because there was a promotion and it was cheaper than body only. Got the 10-18, sigma 30 f1.4 and 85 1.8 not long after and have never looked back at the 18-55. Keen to upgrade to a 6D soon though as I do a lot of low light events and portrait work.

    • I can whole heartedly recommend that camera (I own it) for portraits, low light, landscape (anything besides fast moving subjects).

      The amount of detail I get outta that camera is astonishing, I used to shoot with the 700D/T5i which was a great camera to begin with.

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