Why are kit lens' pictures like P&S?

Started Dec 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
El Matadurr
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Re: Why are kit lens' pictures like P&S?
In reply to KimChu, Dec 3, 2012

KimChu wrote:

forgive me for making a general statement.

when i bought my very very very old but very very reliable nex3 several years ago, the review said that the images were superb & contrasty.

after i bought the nex3 with the kit 18-55 lens, the pictures that i got were more than ok. they were colorful (if taken outside), they were clear (if adjusted using DMF), they were not grainy (if set to ISO 200).

Point being, all of these characteristic could be achieved using a P&S camera.

Not satisfied with my pictures, I then followed the legacy lens + adapter route. It was only using these lenses that I got the image quality that I was looking for in a mirrorless camera.

I'm assuming you got a legacy lens with a large aperture, no? That could contribute to the "non-P&S" look when you start getting shallow depth of field that the kit lens cannot provide (save for close-focus).

Also, keep in mind that in good settings (sunny day, evenly lit subjects), most all cameras--from P&Ss to FF DSLRs--look pretty much the same, save for pixel-level detail.


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