I'll be the first to admit it: As a videographer, I'm a sucker for a prime lens. While I love the versatility of zooms, nothing has forced me to learn more about what I'm doing in the heat of the moment than using primes. However, I always find myself going back to the 28mm prime. It is my go-to lens in many situations and when it's not it's still in my kit always ready to go. There are a few reasons I love my 28mm and I think they may persuade you to give one a go.
Think About Your Framing
I think this goes without saying for almost anything photographers and videographers shoot. When I first picked up a 28mm lens it was nothing like anything I had ever used before. It was just off enough from a 35mm lens to where I felt my image was packed with that much more negative space or it had way too much going on. It really forced me to take step back and analyze the framing of my shot and how everything would fit into it.
Get In Close
The 28mm is unforgiving in the fact that is makes you get personal with a subject. You can't just stand back and hope to capture the emotion on someone's face, you have to get up close and personal with your subject. It feels daunting at first because most photographers, myself included, are used to shooting people at a distance. However, this makes interacting with people become second nature, and teaches you how to really connect with people.
Use Distortion To Your Advantage
Another added benefit of a 28mm lens is the slight lens distortion it offers. While it's not to the extent of many other wide angles, it should be used to your advantage. One way I take advantage of it is by shooting portrait-style images. It forces me to frame the photo in such a way that I can distort specific aspects of the image, be it the overall size of a building or the extremities or a subject.
Next time you're thinking about what to attach to your body, check out a 28mm and challenge yourself to really work with it. If you have worked with a 28mm lens, why do you love it, or even better why do you hate it?