Why are kit lens' pictures like P&S?

Started Dec 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bart Hickman Veteran Member • Posts: 7,256
Re: Kim, there have been demonstrations of pros demonstrating what P&S cameras can do.

KimChu wrote:

the buyers from P&S background that thinks that his entry l;evel dslr with the kit lens can instantly give him those fantastic kinds of shots will soon feel a let down when he takes his new dslr on a photo walk.

And I think everybody's point here is a buyer from a P&S background going on a photo walk will be disappointed with any camera/lens combo you give them because their problem isn't the camera.  They sure as heck aren't going to get Sports Illustrated material on a photo walk.

in my opinion, the kit lens is a do it all kind of lens. it tries to do all types of shots - macro,sports,low light etc. in the process of trying to be all it comes out mediocre for all.

I disagree.  A kit lens is in the sweet spot for most portraits, still lifes, abstracts, and landscapes which is what most photos in the world are.  It's not targeted at those three you specifically mentioned (macro, sports, low light).  It's also obviously not trying to shoot wildlife.

camera manufacturers should have a disclaimer with the kit lens - "

"You will not be able to takes pictures similar to what you see in Sports Illustrated or National Geographic magazines. If you want those shots then buy our xxmm f1.4 lens that costs $500-$1000"

..."and several hundred hours of practice and reading books on technique, design, and composition"...

FWIW, Sport Illustrated photogs probably don't mess around with measly $1000 lenses.  National Geographic is a different story--there are tons of shots in National Geographic that could have easily been shot with a kit lens.

Should Chevy have to put a warning on all Corvettes:  "You will not be able to go 200 mph similar to what you see on TV.  If you want to do that, you need to buy a formula racer and pit crew."

that way people know what they are getting into. as of now, you see people wanting to constantly upgrade their camera to nex 5, nex 6, nex 7, rx1. in the hope that the new models will bring them closer to their dream shots.

These people only have themselves to blame.


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