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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the advantage of buying a fixed 50mm f/1.8 lens when my camera has an 18-55mm zoom lens?

I've got a Nikon D3100 with an 18-55mm zoom lens. I'm keen to experiment with some other lenses and a friend of mine recently reccommended I purchase a fixed 50mm f/1.8 lens as he said it's good for ...
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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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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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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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Between Nikon 18-55mm II and 50mm f/1.8, which suits my needs better?

I am an absolute beginner in serious photography. I'm a position to get a Nikon D70 body for $100 or so. I've been researching lenses and I'm debating if I should get the one that originally came ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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Is it better to upgrade Canon 18-55mm IS kit lens to the 18-200mm, or complement with 55-250mm?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...