There are so many lens options when you buy a new camera. It can be a bit overwhelming at first look. But, if you take some time and read the specs, it gets easier. Nikon and Canon both make available “kit” lenses with their most popular bodies. Generally speaking, these are not great lenses. In fact, most of the short ones are not very good at all. If you do the math, they are a $100.00 lens, and as you know that isn’t very much money to invest on the lens that may do the bulk of your work. So, how so you work around this obstacle? Simple, consider buying the body only and investing in a better quality zoom lens.
For many years I’ve been shooting a Tamron 28-75 XRDi as my “normal”lens. This lens is an absolute “best buy” in my opinion. Just look at the sharpness, color and contrast it delivers. There are two other features you will want to know about. First of all this is a true f2.8 lens all the way through the entire zoom range. The next feature is usually the biggie, and that is the price. But this lens is surprisingly affordable at only $499.00! PLUS, this lens has a 6 year warranty from the manufacturer. How can you go wrong?