- Aug 16, 2012
43mm focal length for the human eye a few experts say. Maybe this is why I prefer the 40 over the 50 as well as over the 35.
I have a different perspective.
Simple capturing of my life, family, interests, etc. = 28-35mm. I love informal environmental work, candids, activities, and putting people in context in a bigger scene. It also tends to be a great all-around FL for a host of types of photography. So if I only get one lens and my 24-70 f/4 is off the table, it's a good bet I head out with my 28 or 35. So I'm not surprised to see cell phone cameras started around these FLs before they started offering different FLs and superwide selfies and what not.
Getting pop / isolation from a lens = 50mm and up. For some reason, 50 f/1.4 is this nice inflection point for bokeh / lens size / not too long to get great iso and pop without always needing to back up.
I suppose I should love something exotic like a 35 f/1.0 more -- so I'd get isolation and pop in my preferred FL range. But a simple DG 50 is amazing at generating isolation in a small package. I think that's why I love it so much (and would love a better one).