First non-kit lens for a young photographer.

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jwilliams Veteran Member • Posts: 4,781
I'd recommend ....

I'd recommend any of the 3 primes you list. All are very good and can produce photos with a look (shallow DOF, sharper) that the zooms can't. Look at how she used the 14-42 zoom and what FLs you use most. Just buy the prime that fits where in the FL range she shot the most.  If you can't really do that I'd go by the old adage that you can always crop but can't put back something that isn't there.  That would favor the 17 1.8 which is one of my personal favorites.  Great for shooting inside by available light allowing her to use the camera inside without resorting to flash.

The 12-40 is a great lens and something to keep on the list to acquire. I just think a prime will be a bit more liberating for a beginner.

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