View Full Version : What can a kit lens do - ?

Phill D
27th May 2014, 08:47 AM
Didn't see this as a challenge initially but in wondering where to post my pictures I thought it might get some others thinking to see what people can get with their kit lenses.
Basically I'd decided I'd travel light on a trip to Renishaw Hall and as the weather was a bit mixed I thought the weathersealed 12-50 would have to do. Walking round the lovely gardens I was able to shoot some of the flowers and was very pleasantly surprised how well the little kit lens performed, even without resorting to the macro setting. So here are a few of the shots I got. I was quite pleased overall, all comments welcome.

First up is quite a heavy crop of a lemon tree shot with amazingly enough lemons growing outside in the UK! I was surprised at the detail captured in the lemon's skin.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5256173-001.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/73904)

Second a vibrant group of oriental poppies. This is only very slightly cropped and too me looked a bit fuzzy at first.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5256178.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/73906)

Cropping started to change my view though, looks much better to me now.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5256178-002.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/73905)

Here's a cropped view of a nearby bud. Tweaked the highlights and shadows a bit in this to make it stand out more. Still not on macro setting though as I forgot to use it.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5256179-002.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/73907)

And now another poppy, slightly cropped, looks OKish.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5256180.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/73910)

More cropped.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5256180-002.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/73908)

And even more cropped, this is definitely my favourite, no complaints from me on this one.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5256180-003.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/73909)

So humble little kit lens....?
I'm definitely going to use mine a bit more in the future. Feel free to add your kit lens images to this thread.

27th May 2014, 09:04 AM
Excellent crisp shots! I'm afraid the only kit lens I own is the 12-40.

27th May 2014, 09:36 AM
It is an under rated lens Phill as you have demonstrated well; I am very happy with it as a landscape lens on my E-PL5.

27th May 2014, 12:25 PM
I was at the Surrey County Show yesterday, and was glad I had the EM5 and and 12-50 weather sealed as it was raining all day. Swapped for some other lenses when inside the display tents as I found the 12-50 didn't cope very well in the low light (probably user error)!

27th May 2014, 04:32 PM
It's not in the same league as the 12-40mm or the fast primes but it's still a very good lens in it's own right and, most importantly, extremely versatile and affordable. :)

27th May 2014, 08:43 PM

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P5250028.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/73817)

Phill D
28th May 2014, 05:40 AM
Thanks guys. I'm very pleased with it for the money, yes I'd like a 12-40 but when the 12-50 performs like this I can wait to save up.
Nice one Dive3dj, beautiful colour. That small DoF would also lend itself to a closer crop too.

Ian Grego
28th May 2014, 06:42 AM
Hi Phill,

Yes I agree about the 12-50 and mine will be busy over the next 2 weeks as I am only taking the E-pl5 to Turkey. The E-5 can stay at home this year.
See you on my return

Tea room opens tomorrow


28th May 2014, 07:48 AM
All taken with the versatile m14-42mm kit lens uncropped and processed in LR5.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1771/20130908_113257_E-M5_2_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/65484)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1770/The_Hyatt.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/60100)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1753/201206_054_E-PL3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/73940)

Bikie John
28th May 2014, 08:46 AM
Here's one from two summers ago:

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/6240914-flannelled-fools.jpg (http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=73941)

EXIF should be intact for the rivet-counters, but briefly E-M5 with 12-50 kit lens at 12mm and f/8.

It is superbly sharp all the way through, I have printed it at A3-ish and framed it for an exhibition next month. No complaints quality-wise whatsoever.