28mm is very nice. Similar to a 35mm, but the depth of field is far greater - handy for zone focusing during street shooting. If you need the field if view of a 35mm, take a few steps forward
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I'd go with the 28.
However, I have a 35 and a 50 in my bag as I sold my 28. I'm in the market for another and will definitely add it back in the mix.
Be careful, though using the 28 and moving closer to your subject. I know some people suggested this, but it's not quite the same as a 35. Also, 28 can be tricky if you're getting too close as it does distort. I don't know what system you're using, but in my experience with Canon the 28 f/1.8 is a stellar lens with minimal distortion that is easily correctable in post processing.
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I have all three lenses and have used them for more than twenty years IMO the best partner if you use a a 50mm lens as your "standard lens" is a 28 mm, because it's not so close in angle of view to the 50 to be a waste of money, however if you use a 35 mm lens as your standard a 24mm is a better choice for the same reason.
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If your using a Leica type camera then the 28/50 for sure. You can always move forward a bit with a 28 or backward a bit with a 50 to emulate the 35. With a SLR get them both.
They're such different lenses, with such a different look, even though they're fairly close in focal length...I just think there's a totally different look and feel between the two.
As such, it's personal preference - I'd advise trying the 28 out first for a bit...if it suits you, that's your choice. If you feel it may be too wide, then you're a 35 guy.
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I like 50/35 so much I have two of each : )
Also disagree that 35mm is too close to 50mm.
But, for me, 28mm is too close to 35mm, so there's a 25mm and 21mm in my bag too.
I find the 28 to b e too wide for portraits. Heads tend to become mis-shapen out near the edges. I use 35 and 50 on both my Leica M3 and my Contax IIIa.
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