Prime as first lens for a beginner

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Michael Fryd
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Re: Prime as first lens for a beginner

BBbuilder467 wrote:

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.

I learned everything originally with a film body and 50mm prime, so a 25mm prime with the m4/3 seems perfectly natural to me.

i have noticed that it can be quite limiting compared to a short zoom lens. I can basically substitute one for the other, but I rarely go anywhere without both.

When many of us learned we did not have the option of a smart phone.  If the "real camera" has significant restrictions, then the person may not see the advantages and stick with her smart phone.

When I learned, a camera with a single  prime lens was the most convenient camera available.    Of course, at the time being a photographer wasn't as common as it is today.  Many people were turned off by the complexity.

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