Prime as first lens for a beginner

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Re: Prime as first lens for a beginner

jrtrent wrote:

Photodog2 wrote:

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

My early cameras all had normal focal length, fixed prime lenses. My first SLR came with a 55mm prime, and it was years before I bought a second lens for it. Philip Greenspun, in an article for which the link no longer works, said, "The novice photographer who starts with a zoom lens typically uses it in lieu of backing up or stepping forward. An experienced photographer visualizes the scene first, chooses a focal length, then gets into the appropriate position to capture the scene with that focal length. It is much better to get a lens with a fixed focal length, learn to recognize scenes where that lens can be used effectively, and then add additional lenses once that focal length has been mastered."

Nice quote to think about. Thanks.

Of course, your niece is not a novice, and has been accustomed to using the wide angle lens of a phone camera with the ability to pinch to zoom, but I don't see where there could possibly be any harm in her trying the OM10 with a 50mm standard lens.

You are right! I have been thinking of my niece as a total beginner from the perspective of an old guy who did not start out with phones. Yet, people her age have captured thousands of images with their smartphones. She has plenty of artful photos on her Instagram account that I would proudly claim to have taken myself. So being given a film camera actually would not be a first step in photography for her but would be a natural next step in her journey in photography. No wonder some kids her age have developed an increased interest in film, they've already been doing digital for years, mostly with the wide angle prime lenses of their phones.

Thanks, that gave me a totally different perspective on things!

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