Kit lens

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A kit lens is a "starter" lens which can be sold with an interchangeable-lens camera such as a single-lens reflex camera. It is generally an inexpensive lens priced at the lowest end of the manufacturer's range so as to not add much to a camera kit's price. The kit consists of the camera body, the lens, and various accessories usually necessary to get started in SLR photography. A kit lens can be sold by itself outside of a kit, particularly the ones that are moderately expensive; for instance a kit lens included in a prosumer SLR kit is often marketed as an upgrade lens for a consumer SLR. In addition, retailers often have promotions of standalone low-end SLR bodies without the lens, or a package that bundles the SLR body with one or two more expensive lenses.

Originally kit lenses were of normal focal length; more recently kit lenses tend to be inexpensive zoom lenses that range from medium wide angle to mid telephoto for added versatility. Prime lenses are generally faster (smaller f-number) than comparably priced zoom lenses, so the change to zoom lenses means that recent kit lenses are usually also slower (higher f-number). However in most cases the inclusion of an inexpensive zoom lens is to maintain a low entry price and maximize usability for the beginner photographer. More expensive camera bodies are often paired with a likewise more expensive, thus possibly faster, lens.

Originally high end SLRs were always sold body-only without a lens as most buyers were experienced users who already had lenses. Today however this is not always the case and even high end SLRs can be purchased with a lens, albeit an appropriately higher-quality lens. In these cases the typically uncomplimentary term "kit lens' is somewhat of a misnomer. Sometimes the lens is added by the retailer at a reduced price over separate body+lens pricing.

Digital single-lens reflex cameras[edit]

Because of the crop factor, kit lenses for APS-C format cameras (like Canon EF-S and Nikon DX) have shorter focal lengths, to get the same field of view.

Canon[edit]

Canon have also marketed twin lens kits, typically with the non IS version of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm lenses and

  • Canon EF 55-200mm lens: A now discontinued lens supplied with earlier cameras such as the 350D.
  • Canon EF 75-300mm lens: Supplied with later cameras such as the 500D.

Nikon[edit]

SLRs and DSLRs[edit]

MILCs[edit]

Nikon offers three kit lenses with its 1 series cameras. One lens is included in all Nikon 1 kits:

  • Nikon 1 Nikkor 10–30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR

Nikon also sells so-called "twin kits" or "double kits" with the Nikon 1. These combine a second lens with the 10–30mm:

  • Nikon 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 — Part of the "Wide Angle Kit"; a pancake lens.
  • Nikon 1 Nikkor 30–110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR — Part of the "Zoom Kit".

Micro Four-Third MILCs[edit]

Panasonic offers three kit lenses with its Micro Four Thirds cameras.

  • Lumix® G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
  • Lumix® G VARIO HD 14-140mm / f/4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.
  • Lumix® G 14mm / f/2.5 ASPH

Pentax[edit]

  • smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL: bundled with Pentax K10D, K100D, K110D, and K100D Super.
  • smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II: updated version, bundled with K20D and K200D.
  • smc DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL: plastic mount version, bundled with K-x and K-r.
  • smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR: weather-resistant version, bundled with K-7, K-5.
  • smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL DC WR: weather-resistant version, bundled with K-5 and K-30 and K-r.
  • smc DA 40mm f/2.8 XS WR: pancake, bundled with K-01.
  • smc DA L 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6 ED: plastic mount version, bundled with K-r and K-x.
  • smc DA 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6 ED WR: weather-resistant version, bundled with K-5 and K-30.
  • SMC Pentax-A 35-70 f/3.5-4.5 (earlier manual focus Pentax SLRs with shutter priority and/or program mode)
  • SMC Pentax-F 35-70 f2.8: early autofocus lens bundled with Pentax ME F. The only lens to support autofocus with the camera.

Sony[edit]

Four Thirds[edit]

  • Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (aka short kit).
  • Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 (aka long kit).

Olympus bundles camera with short kit lens alone or with both kit lenses, the latter bundle is known as doublekit.

Olympus[edit]

Excluding Four Third cameras

  • Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 for all manual focus Olympus OMs
  • Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 PF for Olympus OM-101

Fujifilm[edit]

  • Fujinon XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS
  • Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS

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