Is this a gas attack?

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  1. Jimothy

    Jimothy Member

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    I have a 21mm, 35mm, 50mm and 90mm lens with my Leica M kit. I am debating the issue of getting a 28mm to plug the gap between the 21 and the 35.

    But I'm wondering if the gap needs to be bridged.

    Anyone here use a 28mm and a 35mm or are they too much of a muchness to make it necessary to have both?

    Any views?
     
  2. Ole

    Ole Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    It's a gap. I have 21, 28, 35, 50, 55, 80, 90 and 135mm lenses in LTM, and am considering a 15mm...
     
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    isn't it kind of a "one step back" sort of thing? I would say yes to the question posed by the OP
     
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    When I am using a 35mm camera I prefer 21mm, 28mm, 50mm to using a 35mm lens. I have always found the 35mm is to close to the 50mm for my tastes.

    That is why I like the 50mm, 80mm, 150mm and 250mm lenses for the Hasselblad rather thand using the 60mm lens.

    Steve
     
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    Plug the gap!
    I personally don't like the 35 but the 21 & 28 both work for me.
     
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    In my opinion, it depends on the design of the 28 mm that you are considering.

    If it's the old style, similar in makeup to your 21 mm, then go for it. It will act like it as the coverage of a 25 mm, but without the distortion.

    If it's the new style, then you maybe bored with the 28 mm's look.

    I might suggest considering a 25 mm lens.
     
  8. Jimothy

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    25?

    I didn't even know there was a 25!

    Oh boy this is tough.
     
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    There is a difference between the 28mm & 35mm. Also consider the 135mm. It is extremely sharp.
     
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    I would say NO GAS, just wise. The gap between 21 and 35 is rather large, so a 28mm is in place.
    After that you might be thinking of a 24mm, as a couple of mm in the wide makes a lot of diference.

    E.I. a 14-28mm zoom (non-Leica) has 14, 18, 21, 24 and 28mm lenses in itself.

    Those 14mm on a 100-200mm zoom would be nothing to speak of.

    Peter
     
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    No. i have the 28/35/50/75. i think an rf is perfect for these fl. 90 is to long. 24/25 is stretching the wa.3 of these are
    always with me. imho.
     
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    ok, some of you will probably don't like this but I'll always go for the 35. The 28 shows more distorsion. Not to mention larger wideangles. The unusual scope of these lenses distract from the subject and take away meaning of a photograph. Different pictures taken with a super wideangle all look the same. If a human being finds itself on the edges of the frame then you'll see these ugly body distortion. aaargh!
    In the contrary, the 35 shows discreet distortion, that looks quite all right.
    It is truly a versatile lens, ideal to me at least.
     
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    To me, the perfect RF kit is 15, 25, 40, 90. And nowadays, it's easily doable. And the best camera for it is a Minolta CLE, in terms of having framelines for 40 and 90, and the entire finder outside the lines works OK for 25mm. But you probably need to plan it from the start, or else you'll surely find yourself with a 50mm and either a 28mm or 35mm.
     
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    My perfect trio is 18/19/20/21mm + 35mm + 85/90mm.

    I do have various 24, 25, 28 & even 30mm lenses available, but if I can take an extra lens along, it will be a 15mm and/or a 180/200mm (with SLRs of course))

    While a 24/25mm is a nice FL to use, mine don't get much use in practice.

    I'm usually quite happy to leave the 21-35mm hole unplugged! YMMV...
     
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    Big difference between 28 and 35 (20%), and between 21 and 28 (25%). The real question is how much will you actually use the 28, not whether it is too close to 35 or 21.
     
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    If you are a completist and money is no object, plug the gap.

    I don't own Leica equipment (can't afford it) but own extensive slr systems from Minolta, Canon, Nikon, Mamiya and Fujica (yes, I know!). I had been happy with my Canon FD lens selection, which comprised 20, 24, 35, 50, 90 (Sigma macro 2.8), 135, 200 and 300mm plus several zooms. I felt the need to fill a couple of gaps so bought a 28mm. I used it with one film and found it didn't give the sort of width I was used to from the 24 (naturally) and didn't satisfy. It wasn't a replacement for the 35 either, as it was too wide for my purposes. I then decided I needed an 85mm 1.8. $150 was quite reasonable. I used it with one film, didn't use the extra stop of speed over the Sigma, and found I missed the macro capability.

    Excuse my long-windedness. The moral of my story is that although I was sure, at the time, I needed to plug those gaps, I bought two lenses I just don't use.