Prime as first lens for a beginner

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lilBuddha Veteran Member • Posts: 4,376
Re: Prime as first lens for a beginner
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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.

My first camera was a Brownie. It did not make me a better photographer. The idea that limitations force learning/creativity is rubbish.

The problem is that what will work for your niece is dependant on your niece. For some, a prime will be fine and it will drive their process. For others a zoom will allow the flexibility to inspire creativity and keep them interested.

There is no right answer in general, only what is right for the individual and their situation.

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