First non-kit lens for a young photographer.

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OP Marty Lo Junior Member • Posts: 25
Re: First non-kit lens for a young photographer.

Jeff wrote:

Photo Pete wrote:

9 is very young and it is quite probable that the infatuation with dedicated camera gear might not last long once she sees friends snapping away with their smartphones and having fun with the other phone features too.

Not once...years ago already. Most of her friends spend weekends fixated to small screens watching YouTube channels of other kids playing video games. 
I found recognition is a better form dissuasion from that garbage than simple rules. It’s perverse in a way, the best way to keep a kid from social media it seems is to let said kid enjoy creating more of it.

It would be great to keep her interest though so I’d concentrate on providing lens options that smartphones can’t really match. Go for a lightweight long telephoto such as the 70-300 or an ultra wide angle such as the 9-18 or a macro lens. In a child’s mind being able to zoom in super close or capture a really wide view of a room or being able to take photos of tiny objects is surprisingly appealing.

Being able to shoot with shallow depth of field is not really so unique as many smartphones are emulating the effect anyway. 9 year olds tend to be less concerned about it appearing a little artificial than us old grumpy photographers.

She's young. But if you look at her instagram feed that this 9yr has a pretty sophisticated eye

I was also very young when I got started with photography and my first instamatic, followed shortly thereafter by granddad's and uncle's old cast offs. It was a lot of fun, even if they weren't in the same ball pack as this young person. Though I've had dry spells in the 5+ decades since, photography has always been a passion. Bet many of you would say the same thing. This may be hers, too.

You simply can't predict what's going to happen at this age. So take a flyer and have some fun while it lasts.

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