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18-55's And Spotting  
User currently offlinelovetojetblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 137 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

Hi all,

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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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2882 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2780 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.

Darren



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9772 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2764 times:
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Quoting lovetojetblue (Thread starter):
Have any of you had photos taken with 18-55mm kit lenses uploaded into the database?

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).

Quoting lovetojetblue (Thread starter):
and I was wondering if I should bother uploading to a.net from it, due to quality standards.

It has plenty good quality for here. The only issue you may find is, like Dazbo said, it's a pretty wide angle lens. Not so useful for aircraft that are more than few hundred feet away.



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User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6406 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2755 times:

Quoting lovetojetblue (Thread starter):
Have any of you had photos taken with 18-55mm kit lenses uploaded into the database?

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.



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User currently offlineSAA738 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2009, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

I have 73 images in the database taken with the Canon 18-55mm lens. If you want to see them search :

'' Daniel P Fretwell 18-55mm ''.

SAA738



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User currently offlinerleiro From Venezuela, joined Jan 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

Here is a sample of my pictures taken with the stock 18-55:


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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!

Saludos,

Roberto.



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User currently offlineSIA6696 From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

Quoting lovetojetblue (Thread starter):
Have any of you had photos taken with 18-55mm kit lenses uploaded into the database?

I have a few shots taken with the kit 18-55mm IS lens, but due to its wide angle I have only used if for wing-views from the cabin.


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My 1st ever shot in the db.


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All taken with the 18-55mm.

Quoting lovetojetblue (Thread starter):
should bother uploading to a.net from it, due to quality standards.

The 18-55mm actually has a reasonably good IQ especially for its price. Go ahead and upload, no harm trying.



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User currently offlineRonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 762 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2693 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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User currently offlinesulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2035 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

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.







James



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User currently offlineJid From Barbados, joined Dec 2004, 972 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2630 times:

the 18-55 well I have bounced mine all round the world and it still works as well as it did when I first took it out of the box. My example....


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User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1656 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

I have quite a few on here taken with my Canon 18-55 kit lens. In particular I find it handy for photographing airshow static display aircraft.

User currently offlinekukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 2518 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.


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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2438 times:


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User currently offlineflipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1562 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
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Stick with the 18-55, if you learn to use your legs instead of just using the zoom you will, in time I believe, become a better photographer. Just my opinion though and everyone is different.

Fred


User currently offlinedumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 914 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2171 times:
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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.


User currently offlineHNLPointShoot From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1925 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.


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First picture I successfully uploaded:


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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1918 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.


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That was taken back in 2008 however, and probably isn't up to current quality standards.

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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Taken with the standard Canon 18-55 mm (non-IS) that came as a kit lens with my EOS 400D:


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Photo © Stefan Gebenus



I just ordered a 7D (should arrive today), and chose the 15-85 mm IS USM as a kit lens. I guess that range should work well in SXM in 3 weeks...   


User currently offlinecommuter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

Quoting lovetojetblue (Thread starter):
Also, do any of you use a Sony A330?

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.
bye

Enrico


User currently offlinealasdair1982 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2008, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

My first upload on here was taken with the Nikon 18-55 VR kit lens.


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