Monday, August 7, 2017

Digital Moments, Konica Hexanon AR 52mm F1.8

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

Digital Moments, Konica Hexanon AR 52mm F1.8

'Image samples with the manual focus Konica Hexanon AR 52mm F1.8 legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

The final of my three Quick Take sessions with Konica Hexanon AR lenses: Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8 pancake, Hexanon AR 50mm F1.8, and this post with images from Hexanon AR 52mm F1.8.

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


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 an 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.

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 F1.8 was the earliest to be launched, and in my opinion, gives the mildest color rendition. Bokeh was good.

The 40mm f/1.8 pancake colors are sharp and contrasty, with equally good bokeh when compared to the intermediate 50mm F1.8. Each has their own merits, all are very affordable, and one will surely get you excited.


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