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After the 50mm, what’s next?

After the 50mm, what’s next? That’s the big question. I’ve been patiently (?) searching for the next lens to pair with the 50.

Shooting almost exclusively with a 50mm in the last 6 months or so, it was indeed gratifying. I came to love the focal length along with its limitation in some shooting conditions. Limitation breeds creativity (?), I hope so haha… Finding for that elusive 2nd lens has been quite a challenge… it is like finding for the right sidekick, it has to be as good as the first one. I knew I had set the bar high with the Leica Summilux-M 50mm 1.4 ASPH.

I have many focal lengths to choose from, to mention a few, 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm. I need something wide to help out the 50 when the situation calls for it. The 35mm is a very strong contender, but I felt it might be a tad too close to the 50. Hence the one thing that stands out as of the moment is the 28mm. It’s the widest focal length that my rangefinder camera can do without a need of an external viewfinder. Not exaggerating-ly wide, this might just be perfect for street and travel photography… who knows, I might fall in love with this focal length just like with the 50. I have used (and still is using) a 24mm 1.4 in Nikon, I like the focal length, but for most of the times, it was too wide for me. So I guess the 28mm is the best option for me, subject to drastic change without prior notice LOL! For the meantime, the search continues…

I was able to try one while at a Leica store, my mistake, I’m toast. Cheers!

Leica Store

Leica Store

Leica Store

Leica Store

Photographer’s note: F/2, Leica M Monochrom, Leica Summicron-M 28mm 2 ASPH

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  • Tamura - I’ve got LEICA DG 25mm/F1.4 on m4/3 and a 50mm/F1.4 on Nikon D600. To me, 50mm is somehow a little narrower when shooting indoors. 35mm is pretty useful when I’d like to take more views into a photo. These 2 focal lengths both are very comfortable anyway.ReplyCancel

  • xdayv - @Tamura – I’ve been wanting (and resisting LOL) the Panasonic Leica 25mm 1.4 myself… I concur with the 35mm and 50mm, I can shoot all day with either one of those focal lengths. Cheers!ReplyCancel

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