Prime as first lens for a beginner

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Re: Prime as first lens for a beginner

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.

Assume you mean OM-D, a digital camera?

That's a micro-4/3 sensor.

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.


A 14-42mm zoom is the standard kit lens for OM-D cameras.  Didn't the camera come with one?

Anyone here whose first beginners camera lens was a prime instead of a zoom?

Sure.  It was ca. 1976 and I was seven years old using a camera from my dad's collection, an Agfa or similar made of brown bakelite.  I don't recommend such a first camera for a college-age person in 2019.

Any thoughts or advice welcome.

My immediate thought it to ditch the micro-4/3 idea and get something like a Nikon DX (APS-C camera) that, for the same price, offer a larger sensor and much more affordable lens options.  It just seems like Olympus is overpriced for what you get compared to an entry-level APS-C DSLR or mirrorless system camera.

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