@Mrs Woo, I agree quite a bit. It is a lot more about the glass, and of course, knowing how to use both the camera and lens to it’s full advantage. The kit lenses that came with my T2i (I actually bought the whole lot gently used) are pretty crummy. Major clarity issues in the EF-S 55-250 4.0-5.6 lens. I hated it! I liked the shallow DOF it allowed, but that was it. I never could get a nice, crisp image with it. The EF-S 18-55 3.5-4.0 allowed for some crisper shots than the telephoto but still not very good. Most noticeable in portraits where sharp details are most important. Putting a nice prime lens or a $1000 lens on that same Rebel was a world of difference. But alas, those nice lenses work even more seamlessly with my 5D Mark II. I am keeping my crummy kit lenses only for the fact that I can take that camera and one of those lenses on a hike out in nature and not fret over ruining thousands of dollars of equipment. And the sharpness issues aren’t very noticeable with nature shots. Plus, when I bought them they came with some good-quality UV filters which add nice contrast for sky and water shots.