Javelin wrote:I think all it would take is to put in the advertising that the prime lens included with Sony DSLRs is sharper and faster than ANY other kit lens bundled today. that's all people would have on their mind when their shopping. I think marketing did a disservice to new users including crappy zooms with their cameras. The reason they included primes especially 50mm ones on film cameras is because they were cheaper and required less skill = happier customers. People already know they are going to want more lenses when they buy an SLR. I'm just afraid that the ones that took a chance on Sony, see soft results, and just wish they had bough Canon instead. on the other hand if their kid/cat pictures turn out sharper then their friends Nikon they may be more inclined to invest in more lenses instead of planing their next purchase around a canon body and they might even get the friend jealous too. Sony is not in the same boat as Canon and Nikon. I think they need to play by their own game rather than trying to compete on an even playing field. Especially since the playing field is owned by others and we already know it's not even. Think of the review sites and sample pics where they just test the kit lens. a little advertising to get word of mouth going, a few of these sloppy review sites reviewing in Sony's favour. and they would gain market share without having to buy it on price alone.
I think you're thinking like a photographer, not a snap-shooter. Most new DSLR owners are stepping up from the P&S market, just as most old 35mm film guys were stepping up from their Instamatic cameras. The reason we used to get a prime is because that's all there was. Zooms were heavy and expensive, and most of the early ones had separate zoom and focus controls, some even shifting focus when zooming. It really wasn't until the '80s that we got one-touch zooms, and then companies were fighting to give us 28-80 zooms over the competitions 28-70. I couldn't believe it when my brother told me he had a 28-200 zoom!
Today's P&S cameras all come with zooms, and that's all most people know. They don't want to go from a 6x or 10x zoom camera to a fixed lens, that's going backwards. Adding a fast prime to the standard kit on top of the zoom may help sales, but most would never take the zoom off to see why it's there. Guys (and gals) like us would be the only ones who would want that.
Henry is also right about buying the lenses you need for the camera you have now. Unless you plan to make the switch soon, why wouldn't you? My next Sony will be either another a350 or a 700, unless they come out with a 700 replacement with a either more features or more MP at about the same price. I can't afford $2k - $3k for a body, so I'll stick to APS-C until a dramatic price drop or something else changes that makes me switch. In the mean time, I'll buy lenses and accessories for the system I have, but any time I can scarf up a good deal on a FF lens I won't let it pass me by.