lovetojetblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 137 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2851 times:
Have any of you had photos taken with 18-55mm kit lenses uploaded into the database? This is the only lens I have right now, and I was wondering if I should bother uploading to a.net from it, due to quality standards.
Also, do any of you use a Sony A330?
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dazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2820 times:
Quoting lovetojetblue (Thread starter): Have any of you had photos taken with 18-55mm kit lenses uploaded into the database? This is the only lens I have right now, and I was wondering if I should bother uploading to a.net from it, due to quality standards.
Even the most basic of lenes is more than capable of giving good results, as long as it's used correctly and within it's limitations. It's the person using the camera and lens that makes the photos, the camera is only the means by which to record the light and the lens to project it on to the film / sensor. With the correct technique and post processing, it's more than adequate and there are loads of photo in the database taken with one. Bear in mind it's a relatively wide angle lens for aviation so you'd need to choose a spot quite close to aircraft in order to fill the frame.
Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
Yes. I think I have 3 photos in the database taken with the Canon 18-55 IS kit lens, and several more taken with the Canon 55-250 IS kit lens. They're both perfectly fine when used properly (i.e. I don't use the 55-250 beyond 200mm, because it's pretty soft out there).
All of what Darren said is true. Although the lack of range of the 18-55 means that only one of my shots was actually of a plane - the others are cabin shots/shots taken out the window. Remember: it's the person behind the camera, not necesarily the equipment.
As dazbo5 says, it's not only the quality of the optics but the knowledge on how to use it properly too. My very first picture in anet was taken with a HP Photosmart point and shoot camera way back in 2006...
Interestingly, I sold my 18-55 last week and have ordered a 10-20 Sigma!
RonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 762 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2733 times:
I agree with everything above.
I will just say that using this lens during optimum conditions, i.e. quality light/sun, will increase your chances of getting one accepted here and limit your frusturation. Personally it wasn't easy for me, but as the above stated, quite possible. If I had to do it right now, I would wait until I was close enough and good conditions for use.
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kukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
I find that the quality of the Canon kit 18-55mm is actually quite good at the long end, but at the short end you get softness and colour-shift. If you can, step back from your subject and zoom in. If you have to shoot wide, stop down as much as you dare so as to keep the defects under control.
dumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 927 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2211 times:
Quoting sulman (Reply 8):
It's fine, quality-wise. You won't be shooting much in the air though, unless you can get very close, such as widebody aircraft on approach. Great for rampshots, nowt wrong with it in sunny weather.
Precisely. All my pics in the DB are 18-55 atm, but then again, they are all static. I've gone spotting at my local airport and get VERY close as it's just a regional airport and the occasional diverted 757 is almost too small in the frame for 55mm
Quoting lovetojetblue (Thread starter): This is the only lens I have right now, and I was wondering if I should bother uploading to a.net from it, due to quality standards.
Upload your pics and then submit links in a thread in the photography feedback forum. You get an opinion, plain and simple on the quality of your image and it's chance at getting in the DB, usually by a screener. It's a win-win for beginners and pros alike.
HNLPointShoot From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
13 of the 29 pictures I have in the DB were shot with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens, most of which are of static displays at local airshows. 1 of those pictures is of an aircraft taxiing right next to a parking lot at HNL I usually shoot from when I'm at that airport.
cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1958 times:
Not an 18-55, but an 18-135 kit lens that came with the Nikon D80. For close range shots, it's fine. Probably got 5 or more of them on here, from the same day. They were all moving shots - plane flying overhead at close range.
I don't suspect 18-55s will be that much different. It's quite nice using wide angles at close range for landing planes.
I started two year ago with an entry-level Alpha 200 and I now have 21 pics on the DB, and many of these with the standard 18-70 lens. Of course everything said is true, you are taking the pic....
Wide lens = need to get closer Period. And keep in mind that, one day we can eventually buy a Carl Zeiss lens.