Twin lens kit

Dancing Librarian 4:46am, 1 June 2010
Hi. I've just upgraded from the A100 to the 330 purely because of the 2 lenses that came with it -18-55, and 70-300mm. (I broke my 18-55 on the A100). I thought the deal was too good to pass up.
I've read a few of your comments regarding the fixed 50mm lens. Why is this better for portrait work than just using the zoom lens? I hope I don't have to buy another lens. I wanted to buy an 18-250 zoom lens but it was the same price as the new camera with 2 lenses.
Hope I've made the right decision! I took some sunset photos last night, they weren't that great! I will just have to get out and practice more and learn more about manually choosing my settings.
Appreciate any help thanks
Blackriver Images Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Blackriver Images (member) 8 years ago
The 18-55mm kit lens is decent. The reason the 50mm f/1.8 is better for portraits as opposed to just zooming in on the kit lens is basically the 50mm is sharper and you can get a smaller depth of field on the 50mm due to his larger aperture.

The A330 is a decent upgrade over the A100 as well. Not a huge step up but fair. If you enjoy shooting flowers the 50mm f/1.8 is a very nice addition to your lens collection for a great price. Often on sale for $129 bucks.

Davis Arboretum

Shot at f/2.2 for a very shallow depth of field. You just can't get this with the kit lens.

With lenses you really get what you pay for. Higher priced lenses do render nicer shots (many things is far more important than the camera) but you have to balance that with how much you want to get out of your photography. For the vast majority a an A330 with it's kit lens is plenty.
Dancing Librarian 8 years ago
Thanks a lot for your reply. I think I need to practice with what I got before I consider yet another lens, and the battery is playing up so I need to sort that first.
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