7 Privileges of Kit Lenses that Are Often Underestimated

1. excess Lens Kit
••Has 4 Classic Focal Lengths in 1 Lens••

Even though it looks geeky, a kit lens has 4 focal lengths, in other words a kit lens can replace four prime / fixed lenses at once.

The four classic focal lengths are: 28mm (wide-angle), 35mm (medium wide), 50mm (normal) and 85mm (portrait).

The number of focal lengths above is the number for a full frame camera, the focal length equivalent to APSC cameras is 18mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm respectively.

And now the majority of kit lenses for APSC cameras that are sold have ranges from 18 to 55 mm.

Another option is a kit lens with a range from wide to near the telephoto medium: 18-105mm or 18–135mm.

Likewise when you buy a full frame camera, the kit lens that is most often offered is 24-105mm.

Indeed, the kit lens will not offer great openings, at most at f / 3.5, but at least you get the basic function of four lenses (or more) in one kit lens.

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••Small and Light••

The kit lens most often sold in one package with the APSC camera is the 18-55mm lens.

This lens does look plain, but keep in mind that he is also very light and small.

For example, a Canon kit lens 18–55 f / 3.5–5.6 IS STM only weighs 200 grams and the maximum length is only 6 cm.

While similar lenses with semi pro specifications, Canon 17–55mm f / 2.8 IS USM weighs 650 grams and a maximum length of 11 cm.

Almost 2 times longer and 3 times heavier.

Same for Nikon. Nikon kit lens 18–55mm f / 3.5–5.6 has a weight of 195 grams and a maximum length of 6cm.

Compare this with Nikon 17–55mm f / 2.8G DX which weighs 755 grams and has a maximum length of 11cm.

If there is a long walk or will take a tour, this weight and size will be very grateful.

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••Cheaper Filter••

Lens filters are still useful, even though we live in the digital age.

And for filters this law applies: the larger the diameter of the filter the more expensive the price.

The basic kit lens as we mentioned above has a small physical size, automatically requires a smaller filter size as well.

Kenko Pro Filter - 1 CPL (circular polarizer) that is useful for cutting reflections when we photograph shiny surfaces (water, glass etc.) measuring 77mm (pro lenses) the price can be above Rp. 1 million.

Compare with the same filter for kit lenses (diameter 58mm), the price is not up to Rp. 700 thousand.

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••Has a good Minimum Focusing Distance••

Minimum Focusing Disctance, as discussed in this article, is a measure of the ability of a lens to photograph objects that are close.

We don't expect to be able to match the capabilities of a macro lens, but the kit lens surprisingly has a better MFD than a more expensive lens.

The two lenses above (18–55mm f / 3.5–5.6 both Canon and Nikon) have better close range focusing capabilities than the much more expensive 17–55mm f / 2.8 lens.

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••Only Buy What We Need••

There is a very meaningful expression in photography (as well as other fields): when we are confused about what to buy, it means we don't / don't need it.

When you have used a kit lens for a sufficient amount of time, you will know enough about the ins and outs of photography.

You also know more about personal tastes in photography.

When you know that your tastes and passions are photos of landscapes and that you have "grown" beyond the capabilities of the kit lens, buy a special lens for the scene: 10-22mm or 12-24mm.

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••Cheap Not necessarily ugly••

If you study economics at school, know a little more about economies of scale.

Well, kit lenses can be sold very cheaply because manufacturers produce kit lenses in very large quantities so that production costs can be reduced and consequently the manufacturing costs are cheap.

You also know why a Canon 600mm f / 4 L lens can be sold for Rp. 135 million? besides requiring more and better material, also because this lens is made in very little amount so the production costs are large.

Well, cheap isn't necessarily bad here.

Optically, our lenses are very enough to use to study photography until you feel stuck and squeeze all of their potential and then upgrade.

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••Savings Can Be Used To Buy Others••

All shops sell kit lenses at very cheap prices when we buy them with a camera.

As an illustration, now if we buy a Nikon D3200 + kit lens of 18-55mm, the total purchase of both is Rp. 5 million.

Even though when we buy a Nikon D3200 camera (body only) the price is Rp. 4.5 million. so the lens kit is "only" valued at Rp. 500 thousand.

Even though when buying 18-55 separately, this lens costs Rp. 1.7 million.

So when buying D3200 + Kit 18–55mm, you can save Rp. 1.2 Million, which you can save or spend to buy other photography accessories.

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