Monday, August 7, 2017

Digital Moments: Konica Hexanon AR 52mm f/1.8

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon 52mm f/1.8

Konica Hexanon AR 52mm 1:1.8

Olympus E-P5, Konica Hexanon AR 52mm f/1.8
The final of my three Quick Take sessions with Konica Hexanon AR lenses: Hexanon AR 40mm 1:1.8 pancake, Hexanon AR 50mm 1:1.8, and this post with images from Hexanon AR 52mm 1:1.8.

All images were shot wide open in RAW, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) including a few which were given extensive cropping, and final sharpening was done with Sharpener Pro of Google NIK Collection.

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The idea of the series was not to be overly critical or technical with image capture or the performance of each lens, but as a thought that manual focus legacy lenses, with appropriate adapter for different brands of cameras, may still have a place within the proliferation of the new breed of manual focus lenses designed and produced for current digital cameras.

Come to think about it, it could be more economical and advantageous really, with the cost of lens-to-body adapters being very low, that these manual focus lenses can be just as easily adapted to more than just one camera make.

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The Konica Hexanons were the mainstay of the Auto-Reflex series SLRs first introduced in 1966. Of the three in this Quick Take series, the 52mm 1:1.8 was the earliest to be launched, and in my opinion, gives the mildest color rendition. Bokeh was good. The 40mm 1:1.8 pancake colors are sharp and contrasty, with equally good bokeh when compared the intermediate 50mm 1:1.8. Each has their own merits, all are very affordable, and one will surely get you excited.


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Quick Take: Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8
Quick Take: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f/1.8

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