Maximizing the Use of Lens Kit
Maximizing the Use of Lens Kit – The lens is one of the most important camera equipment you have. A good lens and well maintained will certainly last a long time and its age will exceed the camera body, which is why some opinions advise that invest in the lens, and not on the camera body. Even you must have met a lot of articles written about which lens should you buy in the world of photography.
Like most photographers, when you first bought the camera a ‘real’ (the camera lens can be replaced) will certainly get a default kit lens (Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS II). Most kit lenses are not expensive. This is understandable because the producers are also considering the price of a set of cameras on the market, how their products can compete with other products taking into bundling a camera that far from expensive. you definitely start the world of photography by using a kit lens, and of course you can buy a lens that has better quality when you’ve grown in your world of photography.
If you only have a kit lens, do you think that means you should be spending on better lenses now? think we do not have to! No matter what is said by others, or how big your desire for such expensive lenses! Kit lens is a device that you have the right to get started creating your photography style. If you are in a financial situation that does not allow buying another lens, or you still do not know what lens to buy, do not be confused. You will be surprised at what can be done and is produced by the kit lens, of course, once you know and understand how to maximize the lens.
The photos were taken using Nikon kit lens 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6G and D70s cameras. The same thing is true for many photographers, at the beginning to learn photography and did not know what lens to buy, they decided to keep their kit lenses and trying to explore what can be done by the lens, and you can see for yourself, it is not disappointing is not it?
Indeed, you will soon realize that the kit lens is a lens that is not good, especially for a publicity photo in the public, but the point we want to say is, the kit lens is good enough to start your world of photography.
Maximizing Lens Kit
So, how do you produce the best photos of the kit lens you have? The best approach is to develop the mindset that you have two lenses in a lens kit. If you have such a typical kit lens 18-55mm, then do the lenses as 18mm and 55mm lens are fused into one. size 18mm focal length can say is a moderate wide-angle that is good for landscape, architecture and the environment. 55mm is a short telephoto lens that is ideal for compressing perspective and take portrait photos or details
Then the above statement does not mean you can not use a focal length that is between 18 and 55mm, there are many times when you have to use the size of the focal length, but by sticking to these two measures (shortest and longest focal length) you will learn how to conduct size of the focal length. The lens is the ‘eye’ of the camera system, and the photos you will increase as you learn about the character of each focal length.
Some of the kit lens also has other features that are very useful. At Canon is often referred to as Image Stabiliser (IS) and Nikon is the Vibration Reduction (VR) However some cameras already have this feature in the camera body itself. Image Stabiliser feature allows you to shoot at a low shutter speed, in theory, you will be able to shoot without a tripod or a buffer at the 18mm focal length and produces images with no shutter-speed vibration at 1/4 or even 1/2 second. This feature will be very useful when shooting in low-light and would be very easy shooting in the afternoon and evening.
Kit lens you have is probably a better lens than you think, but still not a good lens and certainly has some shortcomings and weaknesses. After a while you are using the kit lens, will certainly encounter some limitations. not the absolute worse thing, it’s a sign that you have been at a stage where you really need another lens to produce better pictures anyway. Here are some of the limitations of the kit lens:
Focal Length: you will find that 18mm on the kit lens was not wide enough guys, of course you need a shorter focal length so that it can produce more dramatic. In this case, You could start to consider buying a new wide-angel.
On the other hand, if you are not 55mm focal length gives the distance that you want on the subject, then you really need a telephoto lens. Usually you will all if my friend likes photographing wildlife or sports.
Autofocus: Autofocus on the kit lens tends to be slow and a little bit noisy compared lenses are more expensive, if the performance of the kit lens autofocus hinder you, maybe it’s time to upgrade.
Aperture: The kit lens is a lens that is ‘slow’. This lens does not have a wide maximum aperture. The real reason’s simple: The wider the maximum aperture, the greater the lens body, and this will lead to even more need for the lens, and it means also increase the cost of production. Most kit lens has a maximum width that is small to reduce the market price.
Maximum aperture at 55mm focal length at most kit lenses are F5.6, if it is less wide, you can buy a zoom lens Why cover the same focal length with maximum aperture of f4 or f2.8 prime lens or can / fix 50mm with a maximum aperture of f1.8 or more. Wider aperture of these lenses will really help you to take pictures in low light conditions or be creative with depth-of-field narrow.
Quality Lens Body: If you want to test the resilience of the body lens or shooting in bad weather conditions, then of course you’ll need a lens that is built better than the kit lens. The more expensive lenses usually have a body and a metal mounting and can be used in bad weather (rain, snow).