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), but the change to zoom lenses has usually meant that a slower (higher f-number) lens is used. This is because in most cases prime lenses are faster than comparably priced zoom lenses. 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 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
- Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens: common on consumer-level cameras series (known as Rebel in North America and Kiss in Japan), such as 400D
- Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens: Replaced the original 18-55mm on all consumer-level cameras starting from the 450D and later
- Canon EF-S 17-85mm lens: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EOS 30D, 40D, optional on 400D
- Canon EF 24-105mm lens: 5D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, Canon 6D
- Canon EF 28-135mm lens: 50D, optional on 7D
- Canon EF 28-105mm lens: Alternative lens
- Canon EF 28-80mm lens: Kit lens for film-body Canon Elan series. The original version of this lens (with metal mount and full-time manual focus) is considered a vastly superior lens to later versions, however both were included as kit lenses.
- Canon EF-S 15-85mm lens: Canon EOS 60D, 7D
- Canon EF-S 18-135mm lens: 550D, 60D, 70D, 7D; optional on 600D
- Canon EF-S 18-200mm lens: 50D, optional on 60D
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.
SLRs and DSLRs
- AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G SWM IF-ED VR (as of August 2008, Nikon D90)
- AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G SWM IF-ED (as of September 2006, Nikon D80)
- Nikkor 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6G, various versions:
- AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G (as of April 2005, Nikon D50)
- AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II (as of November 2006, Nikon D40 and D40x)
- AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (as of November 2007, low end entry level DSLRs)
- AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II (as of January, 2014, low end entry-level DSLRs)
- Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor (Nikon D70)
- AF Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G (late 90s film SLRs and early 2000s, such as the Nikon F75 and Nikon N80)
- Nikon 50mm F1.8 Series E (older 70s and 80s film cameras, such as the Nikon EM)
- Nikon 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 AF (early AF cameras such as the N4004)
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
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
- 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 DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6: bundled with Sony α 100, Sony α 200.Sony α 300, Sony α 350.
- Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM, bundled with Sony A230, A330, A380, A33, A35, A55, A65.
- Sony DT 16-105 f/3.5-5.6: A700
- Sony DT 16–50 f/2.8: A77
- 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.
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
- Fujinon XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS
- Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS