Sometimes I Miss the Sony Kit Lens

The kit lens is easily one of the most underated pieces of camera equipment. It’s not a wonder of image quality, it’s not fast enough for reliable low-light photographies. However, it just is a good way to learn how to use a camera. Mine was the Sony E Mount pancake: the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS.

On paper it’s aweseme: a 24 to 75 full frame equivalent, small, light, it even had Power Zoom and OSS for video work. I wasn’t particularly fond of mine. I didn’t like the distortion and the vignetting at 16mm. It might have been the reason I ended up buying a used Sony E 16mm f/2.8. Just like the prime pancake, it was great for those wanting a compact and somewhat versatile lens.

Nowadays I mostly shoot with the big and (much) heavier Sony 18-105mm f/4. Sure it’s a great piece of equipment and the only lens I would use if forced to, but having a light camera sometimes beats having greater versatility. The 16-50mm is good for fooling around, for trying new things, for selfies and for handheld videos. I don’t need pristine image quality for that. A simple search on Flickr will reveal great photos taken by people who learned how to properly use it. And that should be the expectation when buying this lens.


By Dan Pandrea

Man With A Camera. Romanian, copywriter, content editor, photography enthusiast, and an electronic music fan.

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