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

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What is difference between Canon EF-S 18-55 mm IS and EF-S 18-55 mm IS II lenses?

What are physical differences between both to spot on the sight? Other than that, what are technical differences?
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Why are my photos not crisp?

I own a T3i with the kit lens. I have experimented a lot with different settings and modes but I am not so knowledgeable and I feel like I have wasted many good shots that could have looked amazing, ...
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How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens?

I'm currently using an entry-level DSLR with 18-55mm lens and having great trouble trying to creating a blurred background effect in my photos. Now matter what aperture or shutter speed I choose, I'm ...
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Differences between canon 17-85mm and 18-55mm

I was given a 450d with a canon 17-85mm lens, it has USM and image stabilzing. It has always seemed okay to me but after a few years i have decided to upgrade to the 700d, which has now come with a ...
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What can be done using a 18-55mm lens?

I have a Canon EOS 1000D with 18-55mm kit lens (entry level, as many say). Whenever I go out for a shoot, I always end up feeling handicapped because of the limited zoom range. Most of my friends ...
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Low light photography with lens limitation

I was trying to take some pictures of the city night sky light with my Nikon D90 with its kit lens. Below are the settings I tried while taking pictures: F-Stop: 22 Mode: Manual I also tested with ...
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Would I get more benefit from buying a new lens to go with a new camera body?

Our family has had a Nikon D70 for years that has seen many holidays and produced lots of good photos. The camera is getting a bit old and unreliable at times, with occasional card issues, and ...
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Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately?

I am planning to buy a DSLR soon. Before I zero in on the model, I want to know whether it is advisable to buy a kit (body + 18-55 lens) or not? OR should I go for the camera-body and the lens ...
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Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm VR lens producing blur and below par images

I am a beginner to the photography on DSLR. I have started with VR 18-55mm kit lens and its been not at all satisfactory till now. All the images I have taken till now are blurry. I have checked with ...
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Is it better to upgrade Canon 18-55mm IS kit lens to the 18-200mm, or complement with 55-250mm? [duplicate]

I currently have the Canon EOS 550D with the 18-55mm IS kit lens. I am primarily looking for greater telephoto reach, as I have found the 55mm length to be quite limiting at times. So, I was ...
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Why does the quality of my pictures lower the more I zoom in?

I have a Canon 60D with the 18-200mm kit Lens. I was at the beach not too long ago, I took some pics of my son in the sand, from a very close distance and they came out great. Picture quality was top ...
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What are the limitations of a typical kit lens as a general purpose lens?

I have a Canon EOS 550d with the 18-55mm IS kit lens. I have done quite a bit of shooting with it over the last few months (portraits, nature, night shots etc), and find the image quality to be pretty ...
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I dropped my Nikon 18-55 lens — can I fix it? [duplicate]

The camera fell on the floor and now I can't turn it to 18mm, its stuck on 55mm and only moves 1/2 inch when I try to turn it. Anyway I can fix it?
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What is a standard kit lens?

I know what a kit lens is, but I am wondering what a standard kit lens is. There is a post for what a kit lens is, but I couldn't find a post on standard kit lenses. Standard or normal, in general, is ...
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What is a kit lens?

I am new to photography and am looking to purchase my first DSLR or mirrorless camera. While reading Buying a digital SLR on Digital Photography Review the author keeps referring to the camera's kit ...
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What is a good approach to photographing the Northern Lights with a Canon 60D and kit lens? [duplicate]

I tried to photograph the Northern Lights last night with 60D, kit lens. I had never tried this before. I did figure out the M mode and took some pictures with nice green lights on a 10, 15, 20 and 30 ...
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Should I buy a dslr kit or body with separate lens? [duplicate]

I came across 2 reputable sites here in our country selling DSLRs. I wanted to buy a Nikon D90 kit with 18-55mm lens, cost 28,600. The other store sells the 18-55mm lens for 3,308. So it is ...
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As a photography beginner, should I spend more on a lens or settle for a low end model? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography. I'm looking at getting a mirrorless Olympus camera, and am at present selecting the lens to accompany it. There is a good deal available on a package including a camera body + ...
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What advantages does the Canon EF-S 18-55mm III have over the IS II version?

I was wondering if the Canon EF-S 18-55mm III lens had any advantages above the EF-S 18-55mm IS II, which has image stabilizing. The III seems to be a newer version, but hasn't got stabilizing. Will ...
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Which is the better lens: Canon 28-105 or 28-135?

I have a very old (18 years or so) Canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM lens. I bought it for my Elan 2e and then 7NE, and then used it on my XTI. I thought it took great pictures. Now i'm shooting the Canon ...
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Why don't camera manufacturers offer pro bodies and pro lenses as a kit?

Why do camera manufacturers (Canon, for the sake of argument) not offer multiple types of "kits"? For example: 5d mkIII + 24-105 for $$ 5d mkIII + 24-70 F4L for $$ + $$ 5d mkIII + 24-70 f2.8 for $$ ...
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My 18-55mm lens is “foggier” than I expect — is there something wrong?

I am trying to find out whether my Nikon 18-55 mm (f/3.5-5.6G VR) kit lens has something wrong with it since I'm getting a whole lot of "fogginess" in the pictures I take as compared to my other lens. ...
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Zoom Lens suggestion for hobbyist photographer

I would like to purchase a DSLR. Please note that this is my first DSLR camera and I am a poor graduate student so I am foregoing almost 6 months of warm dinner to purchase this. I have decided to ...
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Is there something special about f/3.5-5.6?

The vast majority of the kit lenses sold with entry-level (or even upper entry-level) interchangeable lens cameras, tend to have an aperture range of f/3.5-5.6. This seems to be independent of whether ...
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Can I get a shallow DOF using a kit lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens? Is it possible to generate shallow DOF with a "kit" lens, and how? In my case, I have the Nikon D7000 with the ...
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Which aperture is the sharpest in the lens that come with Nikon d3100?

Wich aperture is the sharpest in the lens that come with Nikon d3100? I'm new to photograpy and I read about the "sharpest aperture" property that lenses have, but I read it changes depending on the ...
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Buying my next lens

Currently I have Canon 500D with following lenses. Canon 18-55 IS. Canon 55-250 IS. Canon 50 1.8. Tokina 100 2.8 Macro. These days I'm thinking of adding another lens to my armory. And my choices ...
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How much additional light does an f2.8 really let in?

I currently have the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens that came with my D3100, but I am looking for something that will let more light in among the entire focal range. I have been eyeing the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 ...
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Could skipping the 18-55mm kit lens with Rebel T3i be a foolish move, to replace it with a 50mm f/1.8? [duplicate]

I am planning to buy a canon Rebel T3i, the additional cost for including the 18-55mm kit lens is only around $50. But since I am on a tight budget, I was thinking about getting a 50mm f/1.8 instead, ...
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What level of zoom lens comes with a new Canon EOS 1100D?

I am a complete newbie to DSLRs. I am planning on buying a Canon EOS 1100D SLR with Kit (EF S18-55 IS II). (It's also known as the Canon Rebel T3.) I have a 10x optical zoom in my Point and Shoot ...
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If I have a 18-55mm lens, is there a point in buying a 35mm prime lens?

I have the Nikon kit lens that came with a D5100 — the kit lens is 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom. I was thinking of getting a fast lens and I am looking to buy the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX. ...
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Comparing PowerShot SX160 and EOS 1100-D [duplicate]

It may sound weird – we are trying to compare a point-and-shoot with a dSLR. Why? I already have a low priced auto-focus camera with 4x zoom. Now, my aim is to take decent shallow DoF photos. The ...
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Is the Canon 28mm f/2.8 sharp and good compared to the 18-55mm kit lens?

I have a Canon 500D/T1i with the kit 18-55mm IS lens. I need to replace the kit lens with a prime as a work around lens. I usually take photos of streets, people etc., and use the 20-35mm range of ...
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Canon kit with standard EF-S 18-55mm IS or 18-135mm IS?

I'm going to order a new Canon 550d in a kit with a lens. I'm fairly new to SLR photography which means I have not much knowledge about the difference between lenses. There is an offer for a Canon ...
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How can I repair a kit lens with a stuck auto/manual focus mode switch?

Recently got a Nikon D5100. After a few days I realized that I can't focus in manual mode. The auto-manual (A-M) switch on the lens seems to be the issue (I have to press the switch hard to manually ...
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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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Why do I have shutter lag when shooting flash in manual mode?

Why does my D40 have a shutter lag when using flash in full manual mode? There isn't a lag when shooting in any of the auto modes. EDIT: I'm shooting in single shot mode. It is a constant lag ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Should a Nikon 18-55 lens zoom automatically?

I have purchased a Nikon D5000 camera with 18-55 from eBay. The lens focuses automatically, but should the lens also zoom automatically or is this controlled manually by the zoom ring.
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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 ...