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Depends if you don't define a paper cup as a cup. The 18-55mm in its various incarnations may be cheap and nasty junk (it is) but it is a lens and it probably a sizeable fraction of those tens of millions ever made. It's cheap but it does the job. Like cheap tires I suppose, no they won't give you the same speed, fuel economy, life, etc of a decent tire but you can drive on it, get up to 90mph, go from A to Z and no one would ever say that it wasn't a tire. Most of my students have nothing but a cheap 18-55, you should see the stuff they can achieve because they have imagination and drive rather than most gearheads with the most expensive gear but very little to show for it all. One of my students took the most incredible night picture this week, a picture I would have killed to have taken, with one of the cheapest Oly Pen mini 4/3 cameras with kit lens. I think the cheap lenses are too real and can do too much to be irrelevant.