The 18-55 is great. (Seoraksan, Korea)

Started Jun 18, 2013 | Photos thread
Mel Snyder
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Re: The 18-55 is great. (Seoraksan, Korea)
In reply to nrcole, Jun 18, 2013

nrcole wrote:

A few shots from hiking the other weekend. First time I really gave the 18-55 a chance since I got my 5N, and whaddya know, I ended up leaving it on most the day.

The lens didn't magically get better in the past year, but I certainly did. We don't want to leave these lenses on all the time because they're not particularly fast and don't have a fancy distinction, but in most applications they perform admirably. With it's smooth manual ring, tight build, and metal casing, plus pretty decent sharpness and contrast, I think this lens punches above its weight in the 18-55 3.5-5.6 category.
Anyways. Between that trip and all the hubbub about no premium zooms, I've been thinking about this a lot lately.

"The lens didn't magically get better in the past year, but I certainly did. We don't want to leave these lenses on all the time because they're not particularly fast and don't have a fancy distinction, but in most applications they perform admirably."

Of course. You got better. So of course, the "lens got better" too. Your images are well composed. I didn't view the originals, but I am sure they're fine, probably better than that.

This is a gear-head forum where one of the coins of the realm is to bash the kit lenses. Perceptive newbies come here before they've even purchased a NEX with kit-lens-bashing comments.

You've laid waste to their blanket criticism. The art is in the artist, not the brushes.

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