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A "kit" lens is a lens included with a camera body at time of purchase.

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Beginner lens decision [duplicate]

I'm about to buy a Nikon D3100 and can't decide which kit lens I should pick. On the one hand there is the standard AF-S 18-55mm VR lens and on the other hand the AF-S 18-105mm VR. A bit more zoom ...
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upgrading from kit lens [duplicate]

Am bit new to DSLR .Interested in landscape My problem I feel kit lens came along with my 650D is not giving me sharper images.(Culprit might be myself) Budget problem for upgrading to Canon lens ...
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Is a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 enough of a step up from a kit lens

A while back when I was buying my D90 (like many others) I picked up an 18-55mm VR/55-200mm VR kit for my hello into photography. These are still the only two lenses and I have gotten a lot out of ...
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Why are so many kit-lenses parfocal if it's an expensive feature?

According to this answer, parfocal lenses (lenses that can zoom in/out without losing focus) are relatively rare and more expensive. However, the original poster's kit-lens is parfocal. Additionally,...
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D7000 Kit (18-55mm) or D7000 Kit (18-105)? or should I get a separate lens? [duplicate]

I'm no expert on cameras and lenses. Can you give me some pieces of advise on what to choose? If I buy the body and separate lens, what should I buy for a general purpose lens. Thank you in advance....
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Is it worth to buy Canon 650D with 18-55 IS? [duplicate]

Is it worth to buy Canon EOS 650D with 18-55 IS in a kit, or it is better to buy only body and other lens (something more universal 18-135 e.g.)?
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Zoom ring clicks after dropping my Canon 18-55mm IS II kit lens; what to do?

I recently dropped my Canon EOS 600D attached to the 18-55mm IS II lens inside the Canon camera bag from a height of 3ft, and the zoom ring after that is really tight, and I hear a clicking sound when ...
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Why does the cheap kit lens seem to be sharper than the expensive L wide-angle?

So recently, I was just browsing through Canon's product lists and found the 17-40 f/4 L to be quite interesting, although I will not buy it anytime in the near future. Still, I decided to make some ...
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What is the difference between EF-S 18-55mm and EF-S 18-135mm? [duplicate]

I know there is a similar question that was asked here, but I could not get any answers there. Hence asking again: Looking to buy the Canon 600D. But there is a huge difference in price due to the ...
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Why is my Canon 500D with kit lens having trouble focusing at higher focal lengths?

I have a Canon 500D with the kit lens. Recently I have observed that its not able to focus at higher zooms but it works at min zoom. To get it to focus, I have to zoom out or recompose and it works. ...
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How do I limit depth of field with a kit lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens? I am trying to create the kind of photos seen photographyblogger with a kit lens on the Nikon d3000 and I currently can'...
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Why are lenses included in kits so bad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are all kit lenses poor? (And if so, why?) I am interested about getting a t4i. I hear everybody saying that kit lenses are very bad. However, the 18-135mm EF IS lens ...
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Will the 18-55 and 55-250mm kit zoom lenses cover my requirements in Europe?

I have just received for Xmas a Canon 650d kit with an 18 - 55 mm IS II and a 55-250 mm IS II lens. Always had an interest so I feel very blessed and luckily my fiance also included a one day DSLR ...
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Why are macros from my new DSLR no better than those from my P&S?

I have been using a 14mp point and shoot for a couple of years. I like to take macros of flowers, frost and bugs. I want to keep zooming in on my PC to see deeper into the flower, so I bought a 18mp ...
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Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 OS HSM over Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

I own the Canon lens (on a 400D camera). Rather satisfied, but it is not an inspiring lens. I refer most of all to image quality. I know Sigma has some more focal length and it is a good thing ...
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Can a sharp picture with a kit lens plus post processing rival a “pro” lens?

If I am able to take a relatively sharp picture with a kit lens, and boost the vibrance and or saturation during post processing, will that picture be comparable to ones taken from an expensive "...
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Buying a new camera (for the 1st time) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? I'm thinking of buying a camera tomorrow .. I was advised to get this: Canon 550 D .. 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor .. ...
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Photo is not as crisp as expected

During my experiments with HDR photography, I was intending to get some really great landscape shots and I was able to capture this picture. However, I was expecting it to turn out a bit crisper than ...
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Canon EF vs Canon EF-S lens

I was wondering: Other than the fact that EF-S lenses are targeted to cropped bodies, and can not be used on full frames. (Supposedly if there was L series for the EF-S) Would the EF lenses be ...
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Are the Canon 15-85mm + 50mm f/1.8 adequate substitutes for the 17-55mm f/2.8?

The EF-S 15-85mm lens is a relatively recent lens, and I haven't seen too many recommendations on it thus far. However, most of the reviews have been very positive and the lens is said to be optically ...
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Getting ready to buy an entry-level Canon dSLR — should I skip the kit lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately? My wife and I are amateur photographers and we are upgrading from a Canon 20D. We will be using the ...
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Cannon EOS 550D, Which lens should I purchase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which would be more suitable lens in terms of utility, weight, price: 18-135 or 18-55 + 55-200? I am going to purchase my first DSLR which is Cannon EOS 550D. The seller ...
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How can I find infinity focus on a kit lens with no markers?

I have a kit lens which has no markers. What would be a recommended way to find infinity focus on this lens? I plan to shoot objects at night -- not necessarily stars or the moon. So, adjusting the ...
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What's the difference between the lenses EF-S 18-55 DC III and EF-S 18-55 IS II?

I'm planning on purchasing a Canon 1100D with an image stabilized lens. However, I've found two offers with different lenses. Can you explain to me the difference? Canon EOS 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS ...
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Is focal range the only significant difference between Canon's EF-S 18-135 IS and 18-200 IS lenses?

Is there any difference in performance (other than focal range) between Canon's EF-S 18-135 IS and 18-200 IS kit lenses, in terms of sharpness, contrast, AF speed, or anything else? I can't decide ...
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Does using a different lens affect the dynamic range for HDR post-processing?

I am a bit new to HDR photography and lately I have been trying to carry out the post-processing with Photomatrix. After many trails and errors, I am still unable to get the effect that many other HDR ...
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Does the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS offer significant benefit over the Canon EF-S 18-55mm?

Does the Image Stability feature of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS make any difference compared to older non-IS version (Canon EF-S 18-55mm)? Which version is better?
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Would I be better off with an older camera and a two-zoom kit or a newer one with a single IS kit lens?

For around the same price, I can get: Canon EOS 500D + EF18-55 + EF75-300 or Canon EOS 550D + EF-S 18-55 IS Which of these camera combinations are better? The older 500D with two lenses or a newer ...
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Is it normal for the Canon kit lens to exhibit lens flare even without a UV filter?

I recently bought a Canon 550D and have been experimenting with this for a week. I have been pretty satisfied with the quality, until I faced this lens flare problem. Notice the unwanted blue light ...
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Will the Canon T1i with EF kit zoom lens be good for indoor sports?

Should I be able to get good indoor sports photos with the following camera/lens? Canon T1i Canon EF Zoom lens: 18mm-55mm, f/3.5-5.6, Canon EF-S The indoor sport would be basketball. Just ...
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What limitations will typically be found on the average stock lens for DSLR's? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the limitations of a typical kit lens as a general purpose lens? I'm new to photography, and have a Nikon D3000 with the stock lens. What I'm wondering is, what ...
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Should I choose a Canon 550D or a Sony DSLR-A580?

I am planning to buy a Canon EOS 550D with its Kit Lens (18-55 mm) and a prime lens (50 mm 1.8) with my main intention of clicking portrait and landscape pictures. Just yesterday I came across Sony ...
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What does it mean to get a “free upgrade” to the IS MKII lens with purchase of a Canon 550D?

I am going to buy a DSLR camera, the Canon 550D with the 18-55mm IS lens kit, and additionally, it has a free upgrade to IS MKII Lens. I am a bit new to photography and after doing a certain amount ...
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Will my Canon 500D with 18-55mm lens kit fit in a Crumpler Jimmy Bo 300 case?

Someone recommended Crumpler camera bags to me, I've just bought a Canon 500D with the standard (18-55mm) lens kit. I want to the bag to be as small as possible. Crumpler says this one is for a SLR ...
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Should I get a kit or separate lens for my D7000?

I am set on getting a D7000 and am drooling already to get one. My only hurdle left is to determine whether the kit lens is good or if i should get the body only and put the 300$ difference between ...
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How are kit lenses for Nikon's DSLRs chosen?

Why are the lenses which are in a kit with DSLRs generally low quality lenses, or at least rarely match the quality of the DSLR body? For example, a new Nikon D7000 ($1100) comes in a kit ($1300) ...
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What is the difference between these two 18-55mm kit lens options for the Nikon D3100?

I want to buy D3100 with lens, but I'm not sure I understand the difference between these 2: AF-S DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G ED II (VBA280K002) - 480€ AF-S VR DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G (VBA280K001) - 460€ VR ...
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Which Nikon kit lens is best to start with — or should I skip the kit lens?

I'll buy the D3100, now I have to choose the lens. Right now, I have two packs to choose from: D3100 + AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (pack price: 674€) D3100 + AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (...
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Which would be more suitable lens in terms of utility, weight, price: 18-135 or 18-55 + 55-200?

Is it better to invest in one 18-135mm lens or have a standard 18-55mm lens and another 55-250mm lens for occasional need?
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Are all kit lenses poor? (And if so, why?)

Kerri Shotts says (emphasis mine): Also, if you already have great glass, there is little reason to get more (unless you need it for a certain reason). E.g., if you have a 70-200 f/4, don't rush ...
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Do I have the right lens hood for my Canon 1000D with EF-S 18-55mm kit lens?

I'm starting into the realm of photography and learning about the various additions to cameras that assist in good photos. I have the Canon EOS 1000d, I believe the Rebel in the US? It came with the ...
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What macro lens should I buy in place of the 18-55mm kit lens?

I am planning to buy a Nikon D5100, body only. I'd like to go with a macro lens which gives better results than the 18-55mm, as I have heard that the results from this basic kit lens are not good. ...
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Does it make sense getting any of these “extra” lens packages?

I see many extra lenses on bestbuy.com sold with the Nikon D7000 I am interested in buying. Are any worth it? Are they any good? And, since they bundle them, is the price better then buying the "...
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Is the kit lens focal length specified for APS-C or FF?

I have the 18-55mm kit lens for my Canon 50D and was wondering if they're still specified against full frame 1:1 crop? Would my 18mm actually be 1.6x? I ask because I doubt anyone with a full frame ...
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What is the difference between these two Canon kit lenses?

I want to but a Canon 1100D, but I have no idea between these kits: Canon 1100D IS Canon 1100D IS II The site is in Germany, so I couldn't understand very well, but when I tried to translate, I didn'...