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HarjTT Sep 10, 2017 11:58 AM

28mm or 35mm prime on FF ?
Never thought I'd be interested in primes but I've been thinking that I need to get a 28mm or 35mm.. I'm really liking the Nikon 50mm 1.8G for its size and versatility but something wider would be nice esp when indoors. So I'm interested in which FL and make/model you guys/gals have experience of and what your thoughts/recommendations would be.




TCav Sep 10, 2017 9:22 PM

Back in my film days, I bought a 35/2.8 for the same reasons you listed, but I wasn't satisfied, and regretted not getting a 28 instead, though some of that might have been as much the f/2.8 as the 35mm. (I was used to a 50/1.4.)

Do with that what you will.

HarjTT Sep 11, 2017 6:03 PM


Thanks for the reply .. I was thinking for street shooting with the 35mm would be ideal, but there's going to be times, esp indoors where 28mm is going to be much more useful. I'm going to spend some time and look into it more.



Ozzie_Traveller Sep 11, 2017 7:29 PM

G'day Harj

Like TCav, for me back in film days, I started with a 35mm as "everyone told me that's the perfect w/a lens" [along with a 135] ... and I soon found that for my type of photog it was not the answer.

I soon went to a 28 then to a 24 [and to a 200 then 1000 for the long stuff]
What I'm saying here is that "my style of photography is not the same as others here or elsewhere, so my lenses may not be suitable for you

What you might like to do is make a simple cardboard guide, triangle shaped covering the 35mm angle of view and then play with it to your eye and see how it covers the visual territory you are thinking of working with

It might confirm your choice - equally it might save you some angst and dollars too :)

Hope this helps

TCav Sep 11, 2017 7:33 PM

Another option might be

Rent one of each for a couple of days. Then you'll know.

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