Old glass R fun . . .

Last year this time, if someone had told me I’d own a 28mm prime, I’d have considered the person balmy. If they’d told me I’d spend the better part of the day shooting one, well . . .

Time spent shooting short in the past generally included 21mm, sometimes 24mm, and 35mm. 28mm was a focal length I shot only when it was the short end of a zoom, and then only grudgingly. To me, the bane of the otherwise great L-mount 18-55mm APS-C lens was that it didn’t go any wider.

R glass in general seems to satisfy a number of criteria. The colors are accurate, they’re generally sharp, most primes don’t weigh a ton, and they are affordable. The 28mm (v. 1) in specific has a signature much like the R 24mm: blinding sharp in the center of the frame progressing to gracefully unsharp in the outer regions and corners. The one difference is that by f/8 the 28mm is decent in the outer regions and actually good at f/11, while no iteration of the 24mm I’ve used ever gets sharp in the edges and corners.

In spite of the current run on the R 80mm ‘lux, a lens I previously overlooked has become my current favorite: the 50mm ‘lux, 2nd iteration (E55) of the first optical formula. Again, that’s odd as I’ve never been a 50mm shooter—until now.

Having experimented with almost all the R zooms in the past dozen years or so, I’ll probably continue to explore primes for the time being. Dunno what’s next, but as the market shifts up on some options and down on others, I know at which end I’ll be looking . . .

SL2/28mm Emarit-R v. 1