Something to consider before you buy that bundle
The holiday shopping season is a popular time to buy a new camera. Maybe it's a new DSLR you got as a gift, or a black Friday deal that just can't be passed up. But, the buying process typically doesn't stop at the camera alone. There's a whole collection of accessories out there just begging to consume the balances of your gift cards. Which ones should you buy and which ones can wait? Here's a handy guide to help you keep from going all in when it's unnecessary.
Verdict: wait unless you really know what you want
This, for example, is too many lenses to start out
Most DSLRs or Interchangeable-lens cameras come with a stock kit lens. It's usually something in the area of 18-55mm or 16-50mm and only adds about $100 (sometimes less) to the cost of the camera body alone. If you're new to the system, then it's usually a good buy. But before you jump on a bigger lens bundle, consider how much use that extra lens is going to get.
Typically, the second lens in a bundle is a telephoto lens. The 70-300mm is a common option and it sounds appealing. Some people think they'll never need another lens if they have everything from 18-300mm covered. But that's not entirely the case. Those cheap telephoto lenses typically have slow maximum apertures (they let in less light) so getting non-blurry photos in anything but bright lighting becomes an issue. At a high-school basketball game, for instance, you might have trouble getting sharp photos if you can only open to F/6.3.
So, while the initial kit lens is a good investment, you're otherwise better off waiting to see what kind of lens you actually want and spending a little more money later on. When you start shooting, you'll quickly learn the limitations that are preventing you from getting the shots you want, and that should guide your buying process.
There are some exceptions. For instance, some higher-level bodies can sometimes be had with a couple of higher-end lenses. If that's the case and you can get a substantial discount, then feel free to jump on it. Just don't spread yourself too thin. There's always room for growth in photography. No need to make your accountant mad (well, madder) for the sake of more gear.