external “SLRs Aren’t Worth It If You’ll Only Use the Kit Lens” —Marco Arment

…too many people are shooting with SLRs, but only using the kit lens.

I’d go further and suggest that you shouldn’t buy an SLR if you only ever plan to use its kit lens or an inexpensive zoom lens. Kit lenses and low-end zooms produce blurry, distorted, drab images — they can look decent on blogs or phones, but the flaws become apparent when you see them on big Retina screens or printed at larger sizes.

Three Guys With Cameras responds with: “Kit Lenses Aren’t All That Bad“.

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  • ramanauskas

    “Kit lenses and low-end zooms produce blurry, distorted, drab images”

    Wow. That is such incredible bulls**t that I feel like I can automatically discount anything else this guy has to say, ever.

  • eraserhead12

    I agree to a certain extent. if someone literally has no intention of buying any other lenses for their APS-C DSLR, they’d get more bang-for-their-buck and versatility with a high-end P&S for the same price.

    I don’t think kit lenses produce drab photos, but why buy an interchangeable-lens camera if you have no intention of using other lenses? high-end P&S’s offer fast frame rates, and decently sharp IQ.

  • Teun

    But not the greater dynamic range and better noise performance that comes with bigger sensors. Utter crap, this article.

  • Halfrack

    Most lenses are equal at f/8, so what’s the issue? I remember reading in multiple places a few years ago the easiest way to up your picture quality was to get a basic dSLR kit. There are more folks carrying around the basic dSLR with kit lens than we want to admit, and it’s part of the ‘everyone is a photographer’ movement. Unfortunately, the cost of ‘good’ glass is high enough that most folks can’t go beyond the initial purchase. A gateway ‘L’ lens like the Canon 17-40f4 or 70-200f4 is $600 used, and I have owned both.

  • eraserhead12

    high-end P&S’s tend to have good sensors. i.e., canon GX1, lumix lx5, etc. my point was that the sort of person who buys an APS-C DSLR and only uses the kit lens, would stand to gain more from the versatility of built-in lenses and features, than lose from the 20% smaller sensors.

  • frod

    an entry-level DSLR with the kit lens is a lot cheaper than the high end P&S examples being espoused. There is a huge premium for portability at equivalent quality.

  • Joakim Bidebo

    There is only one thing that matter… You have to know your gear.

  • Froggy

    Shoot in RAW.
    Import photos into Lightroom.
    Increase sharpness, contrast, and saturation until you’re happy.

    Instant L lens, and I just saved you a thousand bucks.

  • des adam

    This article is what ruins photography for many people. Use what you have and learn your kit is what i have always been taught. It is just as easy to create a crap photo using expensive kit.
    I am still using my trusty d40x with the kit lens and a 55-200 zoom i got after i bought the kit nearly 7 years ago. I don’t recall anyone looking at my photos and saying “ah but you used the kit lens there”

    This article just seems to be another example of photography snobbery to me.