Is there an unfair stigma attached to the kit lens? You bet!

A black and white portrait of a woman taken by portrait photographer Kalum Carter
(Image credit: © Kalum Carter)

Kit lenses are the lenses that often come bundled when buying a camera body, and typically cover a medium zoom range and have a smaller-than-ideal maximum aperture. Often, kit lenses are looked down upon as mediocre and people look to upgrade them as soon as possible. But there is no need to be ashamed, as they can be a powerful tool – especially when starting with a new camera.  

Last year I changed camera systems from Nikon DSLR (D750) to Fujifilm GFX, a medium format mirrorless system that is very different from what I had been used to. Changing systems was a substantial investment, and instead of jumping into buying a new camera with lots of the best GF lenses, I instead opted for the kit lens bundle of the Fujifilm GFX 50S II and the GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR. 

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 


Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.