Why are kit lens' pictures like P&S?

Started Dec 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Why are kit lens' pictures like P&S?

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.

Do you also feel this way with your kit lens?

I felt this way, up until I decided to upgrade my monitor last weekend. I went from my old 19-inch to a 23-inch IPS monitor. Now I can see a world of difference between the pictures from my Fuji F31fd and the ones from my Nex with kit lens. The ones from the Nex look 3D relatively speaking. The quality is still not at the legacy lens level, but the difference is certainly discernible.

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Proud owner of Canon S30, S45, A710, Fuji F31fd, Sony NEX 5n

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