When most people buy their first Micro Four Thirds camera – or any digital camera for that matter – they normally begin by using the kit zoom included in the box. Once you become serious about a specific genre however, the kit zoom on its own is no longer enough due to the generally inferior optical quality and slower aperture range.
Portrait photography is one of those genres for which kit lenses aren’t particularly well-suited. Although some might be sufficiently long on the telephoto end, zooming in will automatically cause the lens to stop itself down to f/5.6 or f/6.3. These slow values are not enough to achieve that smooth and creamy background blur portrait photographers crave.
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