I think he means that the MF ring is well dampened compared to the AF 50mm which tends to be abit too loose for accurate MF IMHO.The VC 58mm is a real gem btw.The manual focus ring is small? Uh huh I see. I thought you bought just while ago. Hehe.
I hope you don't mind i post a few samples for you to have a look.
I am by no means an expert or am i good with manual focus lens. This is my virgin MF lens lol.
The shots were just taken for testing purposes. So you have a rough idea what can still be done shooting in manual
Iso 100 F3.5 with flash
Iso 100 F3.5
Iso 100 F1.8
Iso 1600 F1.4
Have you consider the Sigma 50mm f1.4?
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or Sigma 30mm F1.4 ?
I think you need to clear your mind off what lens to get and instead focus on what kind of photography you want to do, and how you want to get about doing it. There's been plenty of good advice here, but the problem is that you're undecided on what you want to do. I really do suggest sticking with the kit lens for a while and try and experiment as much as possible. Once you have a better idea of what you want the purchasing decision will be much easier too.
some people call street portraits street photography, i would not do so, but these you can do with longer lenses.
but there is no hard and fast rule as to what lens you can use, if you want to, you can also use 10mm (before crop).. as long as the end result is nice, and you know what you are doing, you can do anything you want.
He have gotten a 50mm F/1.4 AF-D.
Congrats in his buy and good luck to him!
Clean. Simple. Makes out a good composition.
Find a good copy of the sigma 30/1.4. Great lens.