Save and buy once.
Q: WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY WHEN BUYING EQUIPMENT? SAVE UP AND BUY THE BEST ONCE, OR BUY WHAT YOU CAN NOW AND THEN BUY A BETTER ONE LATER? SOMETIMES WHAT YOU KNOW YOU NEED SEEMS OUT OF REACH, WHEN A CHEAP ONE IS RIGHT THERE!
A: Spend money once. You get what you pay for. Trust me. I’d rather shoot with a single $100 50mm f1.8 lens for a year than add a crappy $200 f4–5.6 kit lens to my bag. I’d rather have a used 85mm f1.8 lens than a cheap f2.8 Tokina/Tamron/Sigma zoom lens. I’ve owned a number of third party lenses and, while they are a bargain, over time they just never held up to their OEM counterparts.
Don’t buy cheap gear. Save your money. You don’t have to have the best all the time; wait to get the 85mm f1.8 instead of ...