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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 28 vs 35


The Leica Q has alerted many to the possibilities of 28mm as have smart phones which all have a 28mm fov. Personally I find 35 mm too constraining and I like the ability to crop 28 to produce a Hasselblad X-Pan type image. 28 might be too "up close and personal" for many as a street lens, where I think it excels. Which do you prefer? Feel free to illustrate with images.


Aug 05, 2017 at 07:44 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 28 vs 35


boomers call 35mm a std. wide

millennials call 28mm a std. wide

I prefer either, depending on the shot - usually 35



Aug 05, 2017 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 28 vs 35


If you gave me the choice between two identical lenses, I would take the 35. If you gave me two sets of random images taken with the two, I probably could not tell you which was which. If a FE 35/2 comes along I'll take it, in the mean time the 28/2 is fine.


Aug 05, 2017 at 09:38 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 28 vs 35


Depends...


Aug 05, 2017 at 09:51 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 28 vs 35


I have a Nikon Coolpix A w/ an APS-C "28mm" lens and a Nikon 28Ti with a 28mm lens that I like to travel with. But sometimes I need a 35mm lens and sometimes I need a 50mm lens.

Be nice if they'd produce these hi-end P&S's in several versions. Then again a FF 25-50mm zoom P&S might be nice.



Aug 05, 2017 at 10:46 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 28 vs 35


When I carry primes instead of zoom I usually carry a Pentax SMC K 28mm f/3.5 and the CV 40mm Nokton. Rarely carry a 50mm.


Aug 05, 2017 at 11:54 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 28 vs 35


I suspect that for many the 35mm lens is a Goldilocks focal length, not too wide and not too long. I prefer to go a little wider and a little longer so I generally pair a 28mm with a 45/50/55mm.


Aug 06, 2017 at 12:00 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 28 vs 35


I really do enjoy 35mm and could live with it as a single focal length, but I typically like to work in pairs so 28 and 50 are my set.


Aug 06, 2017 at 02:39 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 28 vs 35


28mm, definitely.
Used one on my Fujica ST-901 last summer in the US and loved the results
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Aug 06, 2017 at 10:00 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 28 vs 35


A Voigtlander 35/1.7ii is my standard walkaround lens (on A7rii) for travel and feels much better for people shots (when not using 85mm). It also falls better in the FL gaps when using a 3 lens lineup (21/35/55 or 85) or 5 lens (15/21/35/55/85). Though I often take the FE 28/2 with me too !

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 28 vs 35


It it 35mm for me since that's the FL I can get reasonably priced F1.4 lens on my Leica M.


Aug 06, 2017 at 12:26 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · 28 vs 35


The nice part of a 35mm is that it's fully capable of getting some nice portraits. 28mm will be more environmental. I could easily do a trip with a fast 35mm or 50Mm. A 28mm probably not but that's just my taste.


Aug 06, 2017 at 03:52 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 28 vs 35


jcolwell wrote:
Depends...


This.

Always had 28mm with my dslrs and when I went on family trips or even out bringing both FLs I would notice I would rarely mount my 35. Like you said the Q being a 28mm, my wife and the rest of my entourage/paparazzi (in laws) are comfortable taking photos of us because of the familiar framing. They don't even know it but hey...can't ask for a whole lot when you hand your camera to someone else.

On a side note the Q is a helluva toy.

Edit. For street you'd just have to be comfortable getting close. Some tube videos show how people are so up in people's mug i myself find it appalling. But for my case I don't street as much as I would like so it's a non issue. I just really enjoy the FL over a 35.



Aug 06, 2017 at 04:59 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · 28 vs 35


In my case, 35mm; like 50mm, is a do-it-all focal length, from wide to normal depending on how I use it. 28mm OTOH is definitely a wide lens. Very useful, but less versatile. But that's just me.


Aug 06, 2017 at 06:03 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · 28 vs 35


rw11 wrote:
boomers call 35mm a std. wide

millennials call 28mm a std. wide

I prefer either, depending on the shot - usually 35



Gen X doesn't like to be pinned down. Could be a giant conspiracy.



Aug 07, 2017 at 02:26 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · 28 vs 35


The question is, do I also get to take a 50mm? I'll take 28+50 over 35 any day, but if I can only have one lens I'll take the 35.

To me, 35mm is a compromise between 28mm and 50mm. When it's not too wide, 28mm can be magic. There's something really special about a fast 28mm. You can play with perspective, but still achieve something pretty natural. That said, it's often too wide.




Aug 07, 2017 at 02:53 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · 28 vs 35


I like 35mm as a general walk-around lens, and when needed, making wide panoramas from multiple shots.

Perhaps Pentax has it right with their 31mm lens, splitting the difference between 28/35?



Aug 07, 2017 at 02:59 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · 28 vs 35


I like 35mm. Every time I've tried using only a 28mm, I end up cropping a bunch back to around 35mm when I get home. I do enjoy pairing 25mm and 35mm lenses though.


Aug 07, 2017 at 03:16 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · 28 vs 35


My preferred focal lengths had long been 50 and 35mm. That was until I took a leap of faith a purchased a Leica Q. Now that I have grown comfortable with 28mm, I consider it to be a very satisfactory general purpose FL. I never find myself wishing that the Q had a 35mm lens, and if Leica came out with a 35mm version, I would not buy it. I think that a combination of 28 and either 50 or 75mm lenses would be ideal and could satisfy almost all of my photographic needs.


Aug 07, 2017 at 03:37 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · 28 vs 35


I prefer 28mm, but there is only one fast lens I like and it's price is too high (Zeiss Otus 28). There are lots of nice slow lenses, but I really would need f/1.4 or f/2 (assuming lens would be super good in boke and focus plane quality @f/2, and there is no outward field curvature).

So I'm "forced" to use 35mm, for which focal length there are lots of nice fast lenses I like: Zeiss ZM 2/35, Loxia 35, ZM 1.4/35, ZE/ZF/CY 1.4/35, ZE/ZF 2/35 and Sony FE1.4/35 (I might like also Canon 1.4 mkII and Sigma Art, don't know).

Only in situation where I would be artifically limited to 1 lens/camera, I would prefer 35mm. But I do my best to avoid this kind of artificial limitations, majority of time when I go shooting I have 3-4 cameras, some rare times I only bring two cameras - and almost never I try to survive with one.


Why I prefer 28mm (if there would be reasonable priced lenses available)? In my opinion 28mm is the widest FOV, which doesn't exaggerate the near/far relations and perspective. Also @1.4-2.8 it's possible to separate subject from fore-/background, which starts to be hard at shorter focal lengths. Then there is of course FOV; 28mm is wide enough to be widest lens I bring to shoot, but if 35mm is my widest lens I often feel "wish I would have something wider". And when combining with other lenses I would prefer 21,28,~50&~85 set, and if I bring only 2 cameras/lenses then 28&~85 would feel optimal. With 3 cameras/lenses 35mm FOV actually might be better, as combo 21,35&~85 is quite nice to shoot with, but also I have shoot a lot also with 28,50&135, it really depends on location & subjects, which works best.

And maybe really weird additional reason: I really like normal lenses (45-58mm), and I find it hard to bring both 35mm and 50mm lens to same shoot. 28mm is always nice to pair with normal lens.

Samuli



Aug 07, 2017 at 03:56 PM
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