Nailing critical focus at all times with an unstabilized old super fast prime is not small feat. I don’t always succeed. I tried to doctor that shot to acceptable sharpness, messing it up more than helping it, but I love the angle of the face, the falling of the locks so, so much, that I couldn’t bear dumping it.
A fellow member of the mirrorless web forum E-P4.net recently made a post called “A lens is just a tool”. I beg to differ. Sometimes a lens is waayyy more than that.
I like my SEL35. It’s a reliable workhorse that gives a 50mm focal length equivalent and does pretty much everything well. I love my PEN 38 which is only an insignificant tad longer, manual focus only but much, much sharper, a joy to handle and has gorgeous vintage rendering. I’m fond of the adorable and tiny OM 100/2.8 with its delicate sharpness and contrast, paired with buttery smooth bokeh. I’m stunned by how wickedly sharp and colorful the small OM 135 is for a 3.5 lens. I acknowledge the SEL18-55 for what it is, a homely but useful, versatile kit lens with real convenience. I have a couple of other manual nifties that are both pleasurable to hold, focus, and optical gems on their own : OM 50/1.8, Rokkor 50/1.4 MC, Pentax PK 55/1.8.