The big question I hear:
Is there any room for a kit lens in wedding videography?
No Hesitation. Yes.
There is absolutely a time and place to use a kit lens when filming wedding videos. BUT, you do have to know when and when not to use it. It’s important to know what a lens is capable and not capable of. In this case the Canon 18-55mm kit lens, you have to know that you are not going to get those soft backgrounds no matter how hard you might try. On the other hand, if you are filming seven people while they get their pictures taken, the large depth of field can work to your advantage. Here at Obviouschild Productions, we especially like to use the kit lens on the glidecam 2000 setup. The lens is light so your arm doesn’t get tired too quickly. Furthermore, that large depth of field is good because there is really no ability to focus the lens when you are gliding.
As I said, knowing the limitations of a lens will help you decide when you should use it. Kit lenses tend not to fare well in low-light, so we can almost be sure that you will have absolutely no use for it inside a dark church or during the reception. To reiterate, our favorite time to use this lens for wedding videography is shooting outside on the glidecam. We have so much wedding footage here in Chicago running through Millennium or Lincoln park. The huge depth of field at 18mm means the bride and groom are sharp, and so is the Chicago skyline. Getting that sense of place, wherever you are filming can be important; especially in a big city. Keep in mind that this lens tends to film on the dark-side in my opinion. It might be wise to use your exposure compensation with a half stop boost of light.
The other thing to consider is renting a lens and even a camera. If you are just starting out it might be a great idea. Renting a camera and the lenses can be a cost effective way to get your wedding video company started.
Conclusion, go ahead and get the camera/kit-lens bundle. You will save some money and you will get your money’s worth out of the lens; that I can promise you. Sure, skip when you purchase your second camera and just go body only. The kit lens has its place, and you should know what with the proper aperture settings, it can be extremely sharp.