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), 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.

Higher-end SLRs generally do not come with a lens, as the buyer is assumed to already own lenses or to plan to purchase them separately.

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

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