this is probably a good read for the newbies.. http://photo.net/equipment/building-...al-slr-system/
One other question - So, you guys wouldn't recommend starting off with the kit lens?
Are you going to say it depends on what I want? Hmmm... because I don't know what I want yet. I'm trying to read up as much as I can and there's just so much information! I think it's going to take a while before I decide what to get...
Bear with me... thanks.
Have a look at recent Comex Nikon bundles that comes to about $1400, and they throw in a whole bunch of freebies, like Crumpler bag, flash, dry-cabinet vouchers, etc. With that amount, the question to ask is whether we are buying for the freebies, or for the system. Maximize the dollar for the best picture you can produce (and not the best freebies), then buy the additional stuff along the way, e.g. tripod, flash, etc.
A friend and I just recommended another friend to get a body and a f/2.8 lens, and he see's the world of difference from day 1. BTW, for all you Canon supporters... my friend bought the 40D + 17-55 f/2.8 lens. He soon went on to buy a 2nd hand Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 lens, which now almost completes his system.
1) cheap, value for money, usually, depending on brand - i would suppose if you won't be extremely anal about optical quality being new
2) it is a good range, 18-55 is the most common kit range, and it lets you have good wide angle to normal telephoto, why not
3) this range would suffice for almost anything, only limitation is no macro, and also extreme telephoto cannot, but you will be able to find out from range of 18-55 what you like shooting, and then expand your lens collection from there
better than buying expensive stuff that you might dump later on
here are some photos taken with the kit lens from pentax, at web size, frankly no one really cares, also if you get a sharp copy you can't deny it's very worth the small amount of money you are paying
from infrared photography
to telephoto night shots
to even larger insects
i always do not understand why all the gearheads are against the kit lens, especially when you aren't going to blow up pictures until it fills up your entire wall; if you are, you would be buying more expensive lens already, since it should be your livelihood, or you have extreme fascination in large prints
not saying the kit lens is perfect, but frankly, it isn't rubbish, so please, don't talk about it like it's rubbish
and i feel i have to add one more, having the a lot of "best & latest " equiptment does not gurantee good photos..... good photos is what makes photography fun, enjoyable and the drive to do magic with what you have.... my dslr macro shots is no where near what some the members here can achieve with their compact digitals with the right accosseries and techniques .