I'm not sure how many lenses you really need and a lot depends on how much money you really want to spend.
My friend was strapped for money when he was looking for a dudget DSLR. He was comparing the features of the body much more than the possibility for lenses. At the time, the Pentax had a lot of things going for it, including weather sealing, internal shake reduction, plus a lot of interesting software features that the budget nikon's couldn't do. For someone like him, these 3 were probably the most economical choices. In hindsight he told me he wished pentax had a lens like the 18-200VR, or some other things, but he's still happy with his kit lens and his 50mm F/1.4.
The real value for nikon and canon come into play when you are very interested in their professional type lenses.
Even with my nikon, there have been times when I wish I purchased a canon so I could get a few mid level lenses that were not offered in Nikon.
|I agree and I think for my budget investing in Olympus is a good deal. Yes, the resale value is not as great but the initial investment isn't as large either.|
|I guess I thought maybe there were a few more folks like me that recognized the value of Olympus. I will never be a pro photographer; I will never be a great photographer; I may never even be a good photographer, but for a reasonable price I can scratch the surface of what pro photography is all about.|