Kit Lens Snobbery

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I admit that I am/have been a bit of a kit lens snob.

TLK_2345 Tamron 24-70mm

Always searching for fast lenses, better bokeh, and of course, paying the price.

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Tonight I thought I would try out the Nikon 55-200mm DX (probably F4.5-5.6 or similar), which cost me a whole £22.

TLK_2337 Tamron 24-70mm

I am surprised at the output. Obviously its at the long end, but there is some subject isolation and sharpness with slower lenses is rarely a concern.

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So I dug out a couple of others, namely Sony and Panasonic, and even one from the now ancient NEX 5n, at ISO 6400 F8.0, indoors without flash! (above)

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But across the board they offer consistent, and somewhat impressive performance.

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The Sony above appears to pip the Nikon, but the below shot was at ISO 10,000 with the 18-105mm at F4.5 so I’m not knocking it.

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🙂

 

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3 comments on “Kit Lens Snobbery

  1. marla2008 says:

    Is the first Kira shot from the 180/2.8 ??

  2. Hi, No Claire, the first Kira shot is from the Panasonic GH3 and 45-150mm lens. Not quite a kit lens, but it was free with the camera.

  3. Laurent says:

    Those high ISO’s……pretty impressive. Never felt like my camera was outdated before your post!!!! (I don’t think I ever got anything good above 1600 ISO!)

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