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How much does a "good enough" kit cost?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Tierdaen, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. $0-100

    2 vote(s)
  2. $101-300

    3 vote(s)
  3. $301-500

    5 vote(s)
  4. $501-700

    6 vote(s)
  5. $701-1000

    13 vote(s)
  6. $1001-2000

    22 vote(s)
  7. $2001-4000

    23 vote(s)
  8. $4001 and up

    16 vote(s)
  1. I just want to see what people realistically think. I already know the purist photographer rhetoric...I just want to see if this will work the same way...:smile:

    P.S. I'm just talking about lenses...not camera bodies or filters or tripod feet or anything like that. Just lenses.
  2. The chemist

    The chemist

    Jul 22, 2005
    everyone has a different satisfaction level...so it depends
  3. Yes, hence the poll, which is seeking individual opinions.
  4. cadman


    Dec 4, 2006
    Johns Creek, GA
    problem is that i could be satisfied with a d40 and an 18-70 but...... I fortunately don't have to be so....
  5. Tosh


    May 6, 2005

    In addition to voting, do you want folks to list the lenses that they felt comprised a "good enough" kit?
  6. strawman


    Mar 24, 2006
    Missoula, MT
    After having spent thousands upon thousands of dollars on lenses...I've recently sold off most of them and am thinking of just sticking with a Tokina 12-24 and 18-200vr. And I may purchase a 50/1.8 for low light. Only time will tell if its realistic.
  7. I'm really only looking at the numbers myself, but you're welcome to be specific in posts.
  8. I think three should be enough.

    A wide: 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor ($919.95)
    Mid: 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ($1,434.95)
    Long: 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor ($1,624.95) (or Nikon 80-400)
    = $3979.85 + shipping. :smile:

    If I had the cash, these would be the three lenses I would have in my bag. The lenses I have now would be sold, or passed down to my sister.

    I will have them.... :smile:
  9. So many people approach this the wrong way - the type of photography that you do will dictate what you need. What is the purpose of a poll if each user is essentially answering a different question?
  10. There is no objective answer. Thus the poll is dependent entirely upon what people consider to be a sufficient kit. This may be the illusion of a kit that satisfies lens lust, a kit that a beginner can use to take photos, or anything.

    Thus, the type of photography you do, think you do, want to do, etc. will dictate your answer. This is not a "give me advice" thread.
  11. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    I placed my vote assuming an AF glass kit.

    An MF counterpart would be much less.

    The current poll results blow my mind. Many of you have obviously done very well for yourselves and I tip my hat to ya!
  12. Still, tying a dollar figure to photography is demeaning to the art, irrespective of subjectivity. I think it's bad form to do so and if I were new to the cafe, seeing a poll question tying "good enough" to $, I'd run for the hills.
  13. We should probably run for the hills anyway. Consider this an academic curiosity of mine, and just ignore it if you don't like it. Even with the limited results thus far, I'm finding it interesting when juxtaposed with the general rhetoric as well as the overall knowledge base of lenses on this forum.
  14. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    ok Robert ...50-75 bucks, depending how cheap u can pick u the 18-55 kit lens. we're talkin satisfactory/good enough, not ideal ..lol
  15. slappomatt


    May 13, 2006
    San Diego CA
    My vote was for 700.

    18-70 $200
    70-300 $400
    50 1.8 $85
  16. shoot... i put 701-1000 before i read without a body... my revised answer would be 0-100... you can get nice ai-s lenses for approx. 100.

    on a totally unrelated note, robert you said you used to live in minnesota.. you look really familiar. did you go to EHS?
  17. Well, I have a satisfactory kit and it can be had for under $500........but what I would like moves to the higher side of your poll.

  18. Well, I'd say a lens kit has to be more than one lens... so... ummm.. carry the one ah, that's easy enough!
  19. A satisfactory kit:

    Tokina 12-24----------$425 used
    Nikon 35-70 2.8-------$325 used
    Nikon 80-200 AF-D----$650 used

    Total = $1400...and one fine kit. If I were starting over, it's exactly what I'd buy. But I'll go a step further...

    D70------------$400 used
    SB-600---------$150 used

    Total for entire kit = $1950

    Not bad for a semi-pro kit. It's basically what I had a couple years ago. Looking back, I think I made better photos with that setup than I do now.
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