Don’t Trash The Kit Lens

In April 2015 I bought the Olympus OM-D E-M10 which came with the Olympus 14-42ez pancake zoom as a kit lens. I was absolutely amazed when i saw the size of the lens. It is small,portable and decently built lens and when mounted makes the Olympus OM-D EM10  a ridiculously small package to carry around.

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 Olympus 14-42ez pancake zoom mounted on the Olympus OM-D EM10 (picture taken from my cell phone).

Kit lens mostly don’t perform as good as a high quality prime or a pro zoom but it performs good enough to give you some decent quality pictures and the Olympus 14-42ez pancake zoom is no exception.

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Since I had no options other then the kit lens and Olympus lenses being not readily available in India I thought before I get some prime lenses why not put the kit lens to its paces?.

For 2-3 months I used the 14-42ez kit lens exclusively and shot variety of pictures .The lens gave decent results in good light. And since its not a fast lens the variable aperture of f3.5 and 5.6 struggled in low light.

In my opinion if you are new to photography and thinking of buying a system with  interchangeable lenses , my suggestion would be regardless of whatever brand you select do not trash the kit lens.

The kit lens will  get you started before you buy any prime or a pro level zoom. All kit lenses have decent wide angle to tele range covered so you can shoot pictures from landscape to portraits. Plus the kit lens will help you to understand which focal length you shoot the most ,which can help  you in deciding which prime lenses or zoom you can add later in your arsenal.

I am posting below  some pictures I shot with the 14-42ez kit lens mounted on the Olympus OM-D EM10 under variety of situations.How has been your personal experience with any kit lens you owned so far? did you use it very often?. Please feel free to comment in the comments section below and also share this article with friends who may find this article interesting.

Important notes

All images seen in the post were shot as JPEGS and then transferred via WIFI to my phone and minimally edited in Snapseed for Android.

 

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I'm a self-taught photographer whose interest lies in shooting people, fashion, food and life-style.This blog documents my endeavors in photography.

15 Comments

  1. Jess Lewis
    February 8, 2016
    Reply

    Stunning photography. I’m looking forward to following your website and blog with genuine interest. Congratulations 🙂

    • kande.raviraj
      February 8, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks Jess for the compliments . Thanks for visiting the blog .

  2. Shah
    February 8, 2016
    Reply

    Good blog with good informations

    • kande.raviraj
      February 8, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks very much

  3. Rahul Dutta
    February 9, 2016
    Reply

    That is one true article your shared with us. People always think that they need expensive lenses and expensive cameras to take photos. If you have enough knowledge about sources of light and how to capture, you can do great deal of photos without expensive equipment.
    Great advise as well

    • kande.raviraj
      February 9, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks man ,iam glad you liked it .

  4. Michael Baumeister
    February 9, 2016
    Reply

    Great show of pictures.
    It also shows: good pictures are done behind the camera.

    • kande.raviraj
      February 9, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks man

  5. ramakrishna reddy gurrala
    February 12, 2016
    Reply

    Wow !! great pics Raja, Amazing !!
    Very much informative on kit lenses…thank you

    • kande.raviraj
      February 12, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks ,glad that you found the article helpful

  6. Paul Buczynski
    February 25, 2016
    Reply

    Superb shots. Congratulations

    • kande.raviraj
      February 25, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks Paul.

      • July 12, 2016
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        I much prefer inrftmaoive articles like this to that high brow literature.

  7. Eric
    March 3, 2016
    Reply

    What settings do you recommend for Sharp landscape images with subjects using the kit lens. I like your review on the sigma 60mm. Do you use the 30mm sigma as well? Thanks.

    • kande.raviraj
      March 3, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks for visiting the blog Eric.
      I would recommend anything from f5.5 to f8 with the kit lens for landscape. I don’t have the Sigma 30mm,I opted the Olympus 25mm instead. I have a review of Olympus 25mm also.

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