I slipped in a couple of photos using my 58mm 1.4g at the mall today. I think I’m starting to figure out the sweet spot for this lens.
When your subject matter is at the right focal distance, the background is rendered in such a way that it looks almost like an anamorphic lens effect. In addition, the image is soft like film—an analog feel. That is the je ne sais quo. And I kind of like that.
I think this lens is showing its strength when shooting portraits and candids. The image has the ability to focus on the person and a little of the environment.
As I play with it more, I believe that the 58mm would pair well with a 20mm or 24mm. That could be an interesting duo. But it would be a hassle to constantly change lenses or carry a second body to dual wield. I could see a professional photographer doing this, but it would be strange for someone like me to carry around that much gear just as a hobby.
I’m hoping take some more photos tomorrow morning with Annie. If I’m not convinced that this is the right lens for me, I’ll may have to return it. I want to love this lens, but right now I only like it…
Then again, I felt the same way about my 35mm when I first got it.