Actually I think the article was pretty spot on in a rudimentary manner. Kit lenses are just that, loss leaders. I have run through two 18-55 Nikon plastic lenses now. One just plain ole broke in the lens shaft and the 2nd one has fallen victim to a Kansas dust storm. Still at roughly $100 they do what they do. The article points this out.
I write product reviews myself in the hunting industry and it is a no win situation. Either you are branded as an idiot or you step on some mother-in-laws toes somewhere. If you recommend a brand or even a lens size, you are going to be hammered by somebody liking another brand. You have to take information like this in a generic manner and apply it to your own personal use.
For me, I'll be looking into a better, wider view zoom to get my work done. Thanks for the piece.
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