Taking pictures is a very demanding art in the modern day time. Almost everyone now owns an expensive DSLR and wants to make the most out of it. With the increasing prices of DSLR, not everyone can afford a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens to use with their Canon Camera. But don’t worry, if you have bought a new camera, you would definitely have the Canon 18-55mm kit lens in the box along with your camera. And I am going to tell you exactly why your kit lens is one of the best in the market and how you can make the most out of it!
1.Canon 18-55 mm: The Cheap Zoom Lens everyone needs
In my previous article, I discussed the canon 50mm f1.8 lens and told you why it had that one problem of fixed focal length. While you can adjust yourself while taking photos, that can’t be done while shooting videos or vlogging.
This lens doesn’t have that problem. Because of the focal length range it has, it can take those very much wanted macro shots (sort of) and the long-span group photos. This is not by any means a perfect zoom lens for everything, but it still gets the job done very well. And considering you get it for free, what more do you want!
At 18mm, it is best for taking wide angles shots, group photos, and sceneries. At the midpoint, round about 35mm, it is perfect for taking those long street shots. While at 55mm, it is best for taking portrait shots.
2. Best for the Beginners
If you have bought a camera for the first time, then this kit lens is perfect for you to get started with your journey in the photography world. There is a reason why Canon includes this in the box! They want you to take good shots simultaneously, allowing you to move through the world of photography slowly and gradually.
In the beginning, I also knew noth
ing about what is a focal length? What is an ISO? How does this work? What does that button do? But with gradual time and learning, I began to understand the basics of photography. And this lens helped me out a lot.
I took some great photos of my cats, plants, my family, friends, and everything. And because of the simplicity in its design, I didn’t need to understand a whole lot in order to use it. It is as simple as just mounting the lens in, and you are good to go.
3. Lightweight, versatile, and Travel Friendly
If you are someone like me who loves to travel a lot, you will absolutely love this lens. I discussed why the Canon 50mm f 1.8 lens was perfect for traveling in my previous article. Well, guess what, so is the Canon 18-55mm lens.
This lens is perfect for trav
eling because of the extreme light weight design, decent focal length range, durable body, and easy-to-use features, especially if you are someone who hates to carry that extra weight along with you.
4. It is Cheap!
Canon 18-55mm kit lens might not be the favorite of many professional photographers, but this lens is undoubtedly the favorite of those who don’t want to break the bank.
A professional lens can cost you upwards of 100 dollars, and more profession
al lenses can easily cost you thousands and thousands of dollars. While this kit lens may not be professional by any means, it sure is cheaper than any lens out there.
And if you ask me, I don’t recommend you invest in those professional lenses straight away. Learn the ways of photography, experiment with different things, do a few small shoots first with this camera; then, if you think now you are prepared to buy a more professional lens, then go for it by all means.
What do I think of Canon 18-55mm Kit lens?
The Canon 18-55mm kit lens may be the jack of all trades but surely isn’t the master of one. It can get you a bit of everything, and that is what Canon is aiming for, and that is the exact reason why they include this in the box. They want you to know what it is like to use a lens and get to know the basics.
The kit lens may not be a specialist lens, but as I have said, it can get you everything you will need to get into the world of photography. It is a small, versatile, lightweight, cheap lens as I will never recommend you to start investing in heavy, expensive equipment straight away. After you have learned the basics, then you can start saving up for more professional and dedicated lenses.