> I find this interesting, as when I see this I'm thinking Hummmmmm, that
> might be nice! But then I remember I once owned the OM 28, 21 and 18
> lenses.The 28 became, along with the 28-48, my go to lens. There was
> something about the 28 that made me feel like other guys do about their so
> called nifty fifties and their 35mm's. The 21 was nice and useful but never
> as big a deal as 28, and the 18 was only used for interiors. At that it was
> superb, and if I was shooting real estate photos, I would use one again.
Not to make you feel old or anything, but I think your preference to
the 28 may be slightly age related.
The 28mm is pretty much the widest lens that doesn't give off
wide-angle vibes. The 35mm is very much a "normalish" lens, but the
28mm is in the category of wide. I think in terms of how far a
people/event photographer is from the subject. The 28mm and 35mm both
give the 2m working range. The 24mm is very much a wide-angle lens and
doesn't lend itself well to people/event photography in the 2m working
range, but is more group and room oriented. In the mid to late 80s,
the popularity of the 28mm waned in favor of the 24mm, but in doing
so, put more emphasis on having a lens in the "normal" 35-55mm range.
The 28mm was (is) nice because it means we don't have to have both a
35mm and 28mm. But it did emphasize the need for a really wide in the
If you use the 28mm, the other set of lenses in the normal and wide
range would be the 21mm and 50mm.
If you use the 35mm, the other set of lenses in the normal and wide
range would be just the 24mm.
I came of age just when 28mm had dropped out of favor and 24mm was the
hot stuff. Generally speaking, I much prefer 35mm and 24mm as 50mm is
not really my thing and 28mm usually seems too pedestrian for me. The
cellphone cameras are typically around 28mm equivalent and they just
don't rock my boat. However, if I want to travel light and not carry
multiple lenses around, I'm probably going to grab the 28mm instead of
the 35mm. 28mm may be neither fish nor fowl, but it does taste like
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