Prime as first lens for a beginner

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DeathArrow Senior Member • Posts: 2,287
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. 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 hope you are not sending the poor girl a film camera. I know I wouldn't get into photography if it weren't digital cameras. If someone forced me to use a film camera instead of a digital camera, that would have moved me far away from photography.

As for zoom vs prime for a beginner, I think I've struggled very much with the dark 16-50 and 18-55 kit lenses. A 50mm equivalent fast prime would have been a lot nicer.

The only thing better than a fast prime is a fast zoom like Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8.

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