Hmmm. I flagged this:

How to choose a lens to get a shallow DOF effect?

asking it to be merged into this:

Can I get a shallow DOF using a kit lens?

Because apart from camera brand and models vs. babies, they really are the exact same question.

But instead, 5971 got merged into How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens?, which is another question on the same topic, with the unfortunate problem that the accepted answer isn't necessarily the best one. And maybe even more problematic from a "future duplicates" point of view, question 5493 confuses things by calling it a "bokeh effect", which isn't really quite right.

The question is really "Is it possible to get shallow DOF with the kit lens?" and I think that's specific enough that it warrants being separate from "What causes shallow DOF?" in general. And "how does bokeh relate to shallow DOF" is a whole 'nuther issue.

(And meanwhile 9425 is still open, but I assume that's not for long.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ I really think that "Can I get a shallow DOF using a kit lens" should be open and valid. It's one of those questions that I answer at least once a month in meatspace for folks asking me about photography. \$\endgroup\$
    – ahockley
    Mar 4, 2011 at 15:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ahockley — yes, that's what I'm trying to say, in case I wasn't clear enough. :) \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Mar 4, 2011 at 15:42

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So I went ahead and edited the previously-named "Help with getting a bokeh effect" into How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens?. So now I'm happy. Hope everyone else is too. :)


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