Prime as first lens for a beginner

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Leonard Migliore
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Photodog2 wrote:

I am about to send my college age niece an Olympus OM for her first real camera. As is common for her age group, she has not used anything other than a phone for photography.

Now, the OM is a beautiful, to my eyes the most beautiful, camera ever so I am tempted to put a small 50 or 28mm prime lens on it to send her as a package. However, I learned photography with a zoom lens many years ago and I suspect most people did likewise. I wonder if she will just get frustrated and might be disappointed if her first lens is a prime.

Anyone here whose first beginners camera lens was a prime instead of a zoom? Any thoughts or advice welcome.

When I was a beginner. there weren't any zooms. So my first camera (a Brownie Hawkeye), my first 35mm camera (a Bolsey B2) and my first interchangeable lens camera (a Zorki) all had primes. So it's clearly possible to learn photography with prime lenses. And an OM (I am inferring that you mean the exquisite film camera) is an excellent tool.

But these days, a film camera with a prime lens is a very limiting device. It's inconvenient to use, hard to get pictures out of and not a good lead-in to modern digital cameras. So I'd sooner see you get her something like a 1" sensor fixed-lens zoom.

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