My Camera Bag: Kit Lenses

in OnChainArt2 months ago (edited)

(Edit: Immediately after posting I realised this was posted to the OnChainArt community instead of the Photography Lovers community; I apologise, and will double check in the future)

I have a lot of photography equipment; honestly, I have more equipment than I thought I had. Recently I started to reorganise my work area and discovered/rediscovered items I forgot I had. Honestly, that's a little embarrasing. I felt somewhat like a young child again exclaiming, "Oh yeah! I forgot I had that!"

Going through all this equipment I thought it would be a fun exercise to catalogue what I have, why, and what the equipment does. Welcome to My Camera Bag. This week I will introduce you to three basic lenses in my kit, which happen to be the three kit lenses that came with my cameras.

My first ever dSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera from a long time ago was a Sony Alpha a100. The a100 was Sony's entry into the dSLR market. Sony had just bought the Minolta brand of cameras and had essentially re-branded the Konica Minolta Maxxum d7 as the Sony Alpha series of cameras, with the a100 being the first. It was a low-end, budget-friendly, 'consumer' camera. Aside from the price, what had intrigued me about it was that it was compatible with all of Minolta's lenses, both digital and otherwise (of course, all that is needed to use a manual lens is an adapter). I happened to have some Minolta lenses already, so this seemed like a good fit.

My Camera Bag
Lens: Sony 18-70mm kit lens

The camera, of course, came with it's own "kit" lens, an 18-70mm f/3.5 lens. At one point I sent the camera into Sony for repairs and it came back with another 18-70mm kit lens, so I had two.

Kit lenses do not come with any special or advanced features. They're not even particularly "fast" lenses, meaning they struggle with lower light situations. What they are useful for, however, is learning the concepts of photography and how to actually take a picture. As long as there is enough light and with good composition, they will take good pictures!

(taken during my last trip to Banff in October, 2007)

(Summer, 2007, at North Carolina Nature Centre in Asheville, NC)

(December, 2007; my boys playing in a puppet theatre I built for them for Christmas)

At some point I sold the a100 to a college student and upgraded to a Sony a290. It wasn't really much of an upgrade but it was a superior camera. This camera came with an 18-55mm kit lens. The nice thing about this lens is that it is much lighter than the 18-70.

My Camera Bag
Lens: Sony 18-55mm kit lens

This lens, coupled with the new camera and a lot of knowledge gained on my part, led to me being able to take some really nice photos.

(Sony a290 with 18-55mm kit lens)

(The Episcopal Church on the New Castle Green in New Castle, DE.)


I have learned a lot about photography between then and now and, honestly, I still have those kit lenses, and I still use them. I have a couple others that I use more often, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with theses lenses; they definitely serve a purpose, and for me that purpose was learning how to take a good picture. Good photography is much less about the equipment at hand and much more about the photographer and the light. (Incidentally, as a side-note and side project, I have since progressed, or regressed as the case may be, to two old, “crappy digital” cameras which were two of the first ever produced, just to show that the equipment is secondary; you can see some of those photos here:

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read your post with intrest (happily I stumbled upon it today in the morning at Photogrphy lovers - I think no chances I would notice in at OnchainArt!)

What I found thru years, that 50mm is a great focusing distance for shooting children!

And, believe me or not, Konica-Minolta was my 1st digital camera too. (It was DiMAGE 7i with no changeable optics and shitty matrix)... Oh, and it actually wasnt mine! It was an office camera I was allowed to use from time to time, and thats how my trawel into the digital disease have started, back in... I think it was 2004. By that time, did Minolta still had their cameras department or it was already sold to Sony?..

Below is one of my 1st captures made with that camera. (Its a hand-crafted toy, made by our friend)


It was certainly around 2004 when Sony bought Minolta. I was shooting with my a100 in 2005. I used to have a handheld that was held vertically with a screen that swivelled; I remember really loving that camera, but for the life of me cannot remember the make or model anymore. If I did I'd hunt for one on ebay!

If I did I'd hunt for one on ebay!

Oh! uh.. well, I remember les and my memories not so positive! it was tiny, noisy, and ... really nothingto talk about now, in 2021, when we have compact-cameras.

I also could not but stress, that sometimes we like something not for its really good, but for we have precious memories about ourselves, how much fun we had with it in the past. smth like that :P

Keeping equipment one never knows when they will come in handy once again, sadly most our old film camera grew lens fungus due to humidity, hubby never uses them and it all belongs to him. The large digital camera he dropped so that went in for repairs, still does not work efficiently.

Self, I prefer the little pocket digital due to crime in the country I don't need to draw attention to myself. Twelve years of enjoyment, pocket size in a special carrier bag, it goes everywhere...

Many lenses, tripods in bags in a cupboard crying for attention, alas not mine!

I can certainly appreciate that! There are places here at home that I won't take my camera, either. Absolutely no point in tempting fate!