HCB said that the 28mm was too "shrill."
Wrong as usual, it's exactly the right level of shrillness.
GW, American Legion. 28mm.
Here's the deal about wide-angle lenses -- they usually cover a larger area than you can see in a single direct gaze. That is, they simultaneously integrate a region of the visual field that you would need to move your eyes back and forth to see (or look through the finder).
My rules of thumb:
- 50mm: one eye open, straight ahead
- 35mm: two eyes open, straight ahead
- 28 and down: outside the scope of "natural" vision
I often find it useful, when shooting with the 28, to simply let go of specific attention and focus, to walk in a sort of wide-angle swoon. Especially through dense crowds.