Monday, July 10, 2017

Digital Moments, Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8

Digital Moments, Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8

'Five frames with the manual focus Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8 legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

A digital moment session with a vintage film camera lens that will not burn a hole in your pocket, the pancake Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8, a standard lens shipped with some Konica SLRs starting in 1979 and produced throughout the early 80s.

The lens is easily available on auction sites and coupled with the adapter that I need to use the lens on my Olympus Pen E-P5, I came away grinning from ear to ear as the images get displayed and post-processed on the Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).

Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8

The lens seems to be rather popular with mirrorless digital camera enthusiasts. The Konica AR mount has the shortest flange focal distance of any 35mm SLR system, and together with the M4/3 adapter that I use, the combo turns out to be a very compact package. The lens itself is 6 elements in 5 groups design, fairly light at 140g (5oz), with a minimum focus distance is 0.45m (1.5ft). The diaphragm has 6, slightly curved, blades.

Another acknowledgment about the lens is that its build quality is rather good for such a low-cost lens. On the E-P5, the lens has an effective focal length of 80mm, which is well suited for portrait shooters.

Shot wide open on RAW, just outside the front door of our street terrace, these images were post-processed on OV3 with Auto Tone Correction, Pop Art Filter Effect, Brightness & Contrast, and a tad of Sharpness. Of late, I have also been using Sharpener Pro from Google Nik Collection (free to download now) for the final sharpening. Looking forward.


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