I'm thinking of going with a Canon EOS 200D body or Nikon D5600 as my first DSLR and saving 40-50 bucks by not opting for the kit lens and putting the money on Tamron 18-200mm DiII VC Zoom Lens. My aim is to learn basic photography while using the lens for travelling as well as being able to get closer to my subjects.
However, I've read a lot of mixed reviews about 18-200mm Tamron lens and I'm wondering if it's a stupid decision to opt out of the standard kit lens (Canon EF-S 18-55 mm 1: 4.0 – 5.6 IS STM or the Nikon AF-P DFX 18-55 VR). The more reviews I read the more confusing it gets. At the end of the day, I don't want to upgrade just after a few months. I considered checking the 18-135mm kit lens but that's going a bit over my budget. To summarize, should a stick with the kit lens for the time being or not?