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18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:03 am

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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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:29 am

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.

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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:59 am

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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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:18 am

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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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:08 am

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 ''.

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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:59 am

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!

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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:45 am

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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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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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:18 pm

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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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:57 pm

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.







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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:51 pm

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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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:57 am

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.
 
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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:50 pm

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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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:41 pm

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.

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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:57 pm

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.
 
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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:03 am

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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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:26 am

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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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:05 am

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


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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:24 pm

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....
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RE: 18-55's And Spotting

Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:59 pm

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


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