Sony Kit Lens: Is It Any Good?

The Sony a6000 comes with what’s called a kit lens. This particular glass offers a small zoom. It’s flat, and that makes the camera easy to carry around.

Kit lenses are dissed because they’re free and therefore don’t get any respect. I keep wondering if they’re worth the time and energy, so yesterday I took off with the camera sporting that lens and took some photos.

We’ll start with a pic of back road nearby. Nothing’s been done to it. 

I wasn’t impressed, but admittedly it isn’t the best subject. There isn’t much noise and contrast is good. Color is all right. But it isn’t sharp. 

Here’s another photo from the same road. Stuff was done to this, but no sharpening. That’s still a problem. 

We’re moving toward more interesting things; I threw everything I had at these pics. I used all my tricks to make a sow’s ear into a silk purse.

Tricolor heron flying over a muddy canal. 

An old factory gate on a really shitty road. I was attracted by the burst of red behind it. 

Horses in Florida have a toughter time of it than their brethren elsewhere. If they’re kept in an enclosed place, it doesn’t take long for the grass to get eaten, then vanish. They are fed with hay and grain. This group looks healthy, and they seemed happy. 

I spent the most time on the horses, to really bring out their glistening coats. This is a crop of the much larger photo.

In conclusion: the kit lens is okay in a pinch, and if you are willing to spend time processing the photos, you can get some very nice pics. If you just want it to look good right out of the camera, use a different lens.

See you next time.

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