5 Advantages of Using a Kit Lens

Before you write off the cheap lens that came bundled with your DSLR, take a look at the following video clip. Kai takes the humorous approach to explaining why kit lenses are worth a shot for new camera owners. He also shows some surprising comparisons with more expensive L-series lenses:

5 Things a Kit Lens is Good For

  1. Their restricted focal lengths more closely resemble what the human eye sees, which makes composing images easier.
  2. It’s bland, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s still great for helping you develop an eye.
  3. The price to performance ratio is outstanding. Most kit lenses offer image stabilization and auto focus, which could be considered added bonuses.
  4. If it breaks, or you are bored with it, it is easy to let go since the investment you made into was minimal.
  5. Surprisingly, kit lenses like the Canon EF-S 18-55mm can outperform more expensive lenses like the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens at certain apertures.


While the kit lens does have its limitations, it often proves to be a valuable piece of gear to have in your bag. Especially when considering that the equipment doesn’t make the photographer.

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One response to “5 Advantages of Using a Kit Lens”

  1. sloopjohn says:

    what a load of utter rubbish…. 3.52 mins of my life wasted !!

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