Send her with the FE and one fixed-focal length lens and see what she learns to do with it! Okay, I also echo Tony's comment about DOF preview on a digital camera. My point is that learning photography should be about learning what the various aspects of a photograph - DOF, focus, lighting/ overexposure/ underexposure, composition and on and on are all about, not learning what the camera can do automatically for you. Those things have their place, and someone who has mastered a manual camera can incorporate automatic settings much better than the reverse. Learning how to drive a car with a stickshift will also teach you how to drive a car with an automatic transmission, although your left foot will keep searching for the clutch pedal. So, a camera that at least as an M setting for lighting, a lens that can switch from manual to autofocus, DOF preview, things like that make you stretch your creative wings. You'll also want to send her out with a camera that fits HER hand, one that has controls/menus in places that are intuitive to HER way of thinking, not just one you think she'd like.