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.

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.

YOU learned w/ zoom ...???   Lucky You !!!

There were no "zooms" when I started, (1959),  and when they did first come out, they were unacceptable for several reasons.

I wonder if she will just get frustrated and might be disappointed if her first lens is a prime.

Possibly, but at the same time, there can be advantages to them, if you get a "fast" lens and she may even learn better by being forced to concentrate on composition.

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

I had zooms available through the 80's and into 90's, but CONTINUED to ONLY use a prime for weddings, (because it was "faster" and I often could not use flash).

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