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

Biggs23 wrote:

I'd argue that a prime is a BETTER lens for a beginner than for someone who is experienced. It forces you to work within the boundaries of the lens and adjust accordingly. It stretches you. That's great for a beginner. Once good framing and composition is old hat, then zooms are far more convenient.

Putting barriers in the path of a photographer weeds out those who are not yet passionate about photography. Those who are left are happy with the path they took.

If the student is not already passionate about photography, unnecessary barriers (such as limiting her to a single prime lens), may turn her away from real cameras and back to smart phones.  This may not be the OP's goal.

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