Originally Posted by notareason
Is it worth getting the kit lens (NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR)? I was thinking about the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D or f/1/.8D Autofocus Lens instead. Any suggestions?
I have a Nikon D40 and the kit lens that came with it, a NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX, and I happen to love the lens. It is nearly identical to the kit lens that comes with the D60, except the newer one has added Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization). I happen to love this lens. It has it's drawbacks, but for an everyday walking around lens it gives you a nice zoom range, with the tradeoff being it doesn't work well in low light. The VR on the D60's kit lens will probably let you slow your shutter speed a couple more stops, but still not nearly what you can get with the f/1.8 or f/1.4.
I also own the 50mm f/1.8D. It's an excellent lens for low light situations. I've found the focal length of the 50mm lens to be difficult to work with on a digital cameras, because the 1.5x crop factor for the smaller sensor effectively makes it a 75mm lens. So, I tend to only use the 50mm in situations where I know I am going to have low light, and stick to the kit lens the rest of the time.
So to answer your questions, in my opinion, it is definitely worth it to get the kit lens. It's a great lens, and you get the kit for about $100 less than you would spend on the body plus one of the 50mm f/1.8.