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18-55mm Kit Lens / Better than L!

 
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Jul 18, 2008 21:39 |  #1

Yeah right! Made you look though, didnt it? :D

Anyways, I have an old 18-55mm kit lens and its not the 18-55mm ll. I guess its an older version, does anyone know the differences? This lens is a total pos and take no usable pictures at all. They look about like my cell phone pictures. I've had kit lens before and don't remember them being this awful.

Good thing I have better lenses I guess :)

Basically, what are the differences in the versions of the 18-55 kit lens?


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Jul 18, 2008 21:58 |  #2

I think one has IS and the other one doesn't.
I've seen some pretty good images come from the kit lens.
Have you visited the Lens archive?
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Jul 18, 2008 22:14 |  #3

breadandbutter wrote in post #5939453 (external link)
I think one has IS and the other one doesn't.

Not quite - There are three versions: a Mk I and Mk 2, neither with IS, and both optically poor, and the quite recent IS version, optically very much better.
As for the difference between the Mk 1 and Mk 2, I don't know.

Edit: In fact, the IS lens is so different, and so much better than the others that it probably should not be considered a "version" at all. The only commonalities are focal length range, aperture range, EF-S mount, relatively low cost, and relatively light weight. Even in build quality, I found the IS lens to be much superior, and in terms of image quality, it was no contest at all.




  
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Jul 18, 2008 22:19 |  #4

There are actually 4 versions of the 18-55 kit lens.


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Jul 18, 2008 22:20 |  #5

TeamSpeed wrote in post #5939537 (external link)
There are actually 4 versions of the 18-55 kit lens.

Right! I forgot the USM one - optically on a par with the Mk 1 and Mk 2 I think.




  
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Jul 19, 2008 02:16 |  #6

i actually love my kit lens and have gotten many a great photo out of it


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Jul 19, 2008 03:44 |  #7

I have 2 kit lenses and the one I bought second-hand is actually very good. Some of the images have been so sharp you'd swear they were taken with a very expensive lens.

The one I got with the camera is ok - far, far better than any mobile phone camera.


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Jul 19, 2008 03:54 |  #8

It sure is better than L. Just look at the price.




  
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Jul 19, 2008 08:16 |  #9

I found the answer.

It has been reported that the newer model has the same optics as the old model and the only differences are cosmetic.
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Jul 19, 2008 08:28 |  #10

I've never owned the kit lens, and I know it doesn't have a particularly good reputation. But I seem to remember (on POTN) some pictures of a hard drive platter that were incredibly sharp. I wouldn't understimate it, it's capable of good pictures given the chance.


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Jul 19, 2008 08:49 |  #11

While I prefer other lenses to the Kit lens, it has provided me with years of faithful service and has taken some very nice shots. People automatically disregard it because it is a kit lens but I think that is a mistake.




  
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Jul 19, 2008 09:38 |  #12

As I said, I've had other kit lenses that I'm pretty sure was much better than this. Maybe this one got dropped before I ever got it. Most of the pictures are very soft when resized to 900x600. I let my friend use it, and he took a couple pictures with it and told me if he had to use that he'd sell his camera. I guess this one has issues. I didnt know if it had something to do with it being an MK 1 but I guess it doesnt.

Thanks for the replies and help with this


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Jul 19, 2008 11:01 |  #13

Barrel distortion, soft images and poor colours. When I got my 400D and kit lens, I couldn't see an improvement on my old fuji compact. I thought I'd made a huge mistake moving upto an SLR. That was until I tried the 70-200 L.

I wish that Canon would give the 50 F1.8 as the kit lens. Much better IQ and about the same price.


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Jul 19, 2008 11:03 |  #14

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+1 - While I'm not "in love" with mine, It is quite capable when used within it's limitations...

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Jul 19, 2008 11:22 as a reply to  @ JCH77Yanks's post |  #15

I love my 18-55 and am constantly amazed at how sharp it is for such a "cheap" lens.


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