24mm or 28mm - Normal Prime lens selection - help!

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24mm or 28mm - Normal Prime lens selection - help!
Dec 30, 2011

Hello, appreciate advices/opinions on 2 questions:

I have funds for one good PRIME lens for my NEX-5N (I currently have the 16, 1855 and 18200).

I am looking at the CV 28mm/f2.0 but is worried its FOV is too tight for general uses (as a everyday lens) as this is basically a 42mm FF-equivalent FOV. I am therefore thinking of a 24mm lens that will be 36mm FF-equivalent on the NEX.

Appreciate advice on what is better for use as a general everyday-use lens. If 28mm, I will go for the CV 28mm/f2.0.

If 24mm is more useful, I am looking at either the CV 24mm/f4. 0 or the Carl Zeiss ZM 24mm/f2. 8. I know the price/quality of these two lenses are not the same but it will be between these two. The CV is a pancake but 1-stop slower. The CZ ZM is 1-stop faster but bigger. I can live with both - I just need to choose one!

The question is: Does one stop makes a difference at FL of 28mm or 24mm? If there is some good difference, I will go for CZ ZM. If not, I will go for the CV 24mm pancake.

Appreciate any comments. Thank you.

Sony Alpha NEX-5N
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