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'Why Your Kit Lens Is Better Than You Think'

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by RT_Panther, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
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  2. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    We often ignore our kit lens and I found them exellent value for money . Primes are fun but often they dont offer magnificent differnce in IQ . Its all about speed and shooting wide open .If someone is not fond of Bokeh and shallow DOF and can use tripod and shoots stationary objects then kit lens is unbeatable . Here are some examples of low light shooting with my Oly kit lens ..
    Cheers

    P7110413.



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  3. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    The author makes some good points - we all know that you can get some good shots with the various :43: kit lenses. Some are better than others, but they are mostly fairly useable. One point I take issue with - the article suggests shooting at the two extreme ends of the kit lens. Most kit lenses, and many zooms, are sharper toward the middle of the range or at least a bit in from the extremes. A 14-55mm lens would likely be sharper closer to 18-40mm than at 14 or 55. Still, interesting. :smile:
     
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  4. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Here are two more examples ..

    One I shot with EPL2 kit lens at 42 mm and other one at 25 mm
    Cheers
    Bhupinder


    EPL2 with 14-42 mm at 42 mm
    P8213911.

    At 25 mm
    P8213907.
     
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  5. Chuck Pike

    Chuck Pike Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 3, 2010
    Charlotte, NC.
    Lens Lust.

    For years I shot Nikon. All of the lens that I owned were also Nikon. I did have one lens that I really wanted, the 17-35mm f/2.8 which was pro glass. The most I ever made from one stock submission was taken with what I felt was not all that great a lens, and I sold it to have money to purchase the 17-35mm lens. I did sell some from the pro glass but never as much as I did from that cheap lens. It never was the glass, it was learning to use what I already had in the bag. Today I shoot with a Panasonic G3, and while I have the 14mm, 20mm 14-45mm and 45-200mm lens, I mostly use the 14mm and 20mm lens. Both are great lens, and I don't plan on buying anymore, at least not now.

    Images for books, magazines and calendars | photosbypike
     
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  6. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    GReat , Often we underestimate kit lens . I have four lenses at a time ban for myself . If I want to add more one has to go . I have 14-42 mm , 25 mm , Panny 20 mm and Oly 45 mm 1.8 and I might sell Panny 20 mm 1.7 to get telezoom may be Panny 40-150
    Cheers
     
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  7. MikeR_GF1

    MikeR_GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Chuck,
    I see that your website is on PhotoShelter. I use that also. What theme are you using? Any customizing?
     
  8. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    On the DSLR side of things, some companies sport really cheap primes too!
    ($170 USD for a 50mm ƒ1,8)
    ($220 USD for a 35mm ƒ1.8)
     
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  9. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Even Canon 50 mm is only for USD 99 and 50 mm 1.4 around 300 USD mark .
    Cheers
     
  10. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Makes one wonder "why" about the MFT prices....:confused:
     
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  11. cmpatti

    cmpatti Mu-43 Veteran

    263
    May 8, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    This recent post in the Online Photographer has Ctien comparing the Oly kit zoom with several primes. Bottom line: the kit zoom compares well at common apertures to the 14mm and 20mm Pany primes but gets crushed by the Oly 45mm. I just got the Oly 45mm and haven't done any testing yet, but his results at 14mm and 20mm are similar to my own.
     
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  12. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I must admit that M. Zuiko 14-42 series isn't at all that bad. :smile:
     
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  13. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    On the contrary if they offer MFT lenses at similar price s they can easily attract many customers , Imagine EPL1 body for USD 129 , 12 mm f2 prime for USD 300, 25 mm 1.4 for USD 299, 45 mm 1.8 for USD 199 and 85 mm F2 macro for USD 199 , finally 12-60 mm 2.8 -4.5 for USD 399 etc etc
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  14. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I was essentially questioning the cost of MFT in comparison to both the prices that you and I said...:wink:
     
  15. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    The 12-50mm is a great kit lens. Have to go to some magnification before any difference in sharpness is seen to the primes, and the contrast isn't far off either:

    Oly 12-50mm vs. Primes - a set on Flickr
     
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  16. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I love Oly 45 mm 1.8 , Its a wonderful lens actually .
    cheers
    Bhupinder
     
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  17. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    YEs I agree , it all comes to numbers finally . We have a system which is very ECONIMICAL LEICA ..hhhaahhaah :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl: MFT is a premium product like Apple macbook air ..hahahahahah
    :2thumbs::2thumbs:

    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  18. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    So why do "we" brag about MFT popularity & sales then?