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09-09-2009, 06:46 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by geauxpez Quote
The kit lens is a great starting point. As Marc pointed out, you can achieve very goods results with it. The largest factor here is knowing how to get the shot. Use your lens. Spend time with your camera. When you are mulling over your shots, use the info here to improve. That's the whole point of this group.

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What Adam said. Take the rig you've got up to the mountains and shoot. Try this, that and the other thing: see what works for you.

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remember, the gear only captures the image, you create the art...
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The Kit lens is fine, it's just not good for low light. Out in the mountains in good daylight, just stop it down to F8 or F11, and shoot away !!

Here is a "kit lens" shot, I think it is pretty sharp, and the colors are nice too...

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For more examples of what the 18-55 lens that came with the camera - the "kit lens" can do, see the thread dedicated to it. I just posted some pictures all taken at the wide end:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/45425-kit-lens-club-5.html

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Your 18-55 kit is a very good performer. I really like mine and can't see any reason why I might ever sell it. Here are a few sample pictures from the wide side of things if Marc's was not enough...





I suppose I should also post these to the kit lens club as well

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I was cleaning my gear last weekend and my 18-55mm kit lens fell apart
I have screwed it back together but...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Taff Quote
I was cleaning my gear last weekend and my 18-55mm kit lens fell apart
I have screwed it back together but...
Repeat after me: "I will not use a hammer to clean my lenses." Repeat.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Taff Quote
I was cleaning my gear last weekend and my 18-55mm kit lens fell apart
I have screwed it back together but...
Is it now screwed back together, or just screwed?

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QuoteOriginally posted by geauxpez Quote
Repeat after me: "I will not use a hammer to clean my lenses." Repeat.

QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Is it now screwed back together, or just screwed?
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Thanks for the link to the Kit Lens thread. There are same beautiful pictures in there.
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As everyone has indicated the kit lens is really pretty good. Other camera makes come with a lot poorer quality kit lenses. And, as already has been said, the lens - irregardless as to how good it is, is only a good as the photographer holding the camera.

An 18-55 lens is actually pretty wide. Another way to think of this lens is what it sees. At the low end - 18mm it has a view of view of 76 degrees from one edge to the other edge. Wide angle lenses tend to have wider field of views. For instance the Pentax 12-24 has a field of view from 100 degrees to 60 degrees. Also, and I hope you are sitting down, the Pentax 12-24 sells for around $700. Here is a site (Yes - I know its canon and tamron, but it gets the idea across), on how the various focal length lenses act....

Canon USA Consumer Products - EF Lenses 101 - Focal Length Comparison
Focal length comparison tool, Tamron USA

Another way to use this lens - or for that matter any other lens, is stitching. You essentially take a series of images, say from the left to the right, overlapping each one by about 25%, and then by software (back at home), you can "stitch" them together producing a wide image. This essentially mimics a wider angle lens. Plus, you can make it as wide as you want. These are called panoramas. You can get software off the web (for free) to do this, or any of the major photo packages also does this. Here is some additional information....

Stitching
http://digital-photography-school.com/8-guidelines-to-taking-panoramic-photos-with-any-camera
http://www.socialphoto.co.uk/2009/02/primrose-hill-panorama-comparison/

Here is a free stitching utility that does a very good job...

http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

So, before you go on a trip, walk out side and try it out, then go download some of the utilities, download the images and stitch them together, getting an idea of what works for you and what does not.

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Here's a couple more with kit lens - very capable, even at the wide end I used the 18-55mm exclusively during my trip to China, because it was the only lens I had :P



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