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Kit 18-55 - fully wide, wide open ... totally useable

Started Feb 21, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Kit 18-55 - fully wide, wide open ... totally useable
Feb 21, 2014

The kit 18-55 gets a lot of scorn on the forums. I've accumulated three (as one does), one original and two DALs (with the plastic mount). Here's a shot at 18mm, f/3.5 (i.e. wide open), handheld, taken from my living room window showing the view over northern Singapore in the evening. It's one of the plastic-mount DALs. Sharpened a bit in LR, and a bit of CA taken out. This is the setting at which the lens is reputed to be at its worst.

Sure, nothing is demonstrated at this size. So here's the full-size link. Yes, it could be better at the corners, but that's true of most wide angle lenses, and it gets better stopped down. My point? Don't be discouraged if you can't afford expensive lenses.


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