Monday, September 28, 2020

Worth A Second Look, Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7

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Worth A Second Look, Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7

'Five frames with a Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7, testing a full functioning second copy'

After the debacle of the first Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7 which came with a faulty aperture ring, I had a second copy ordered and it came in through the mail a couple of weeks later. This one definitely better physically than the earlier copy, and is a full working copy with clean and clear glass, glide smooth focus, and a fully functioning aperture setting.

My first chance at testing the lens was, as usual,  out in the mini garden in front of the house, shooting away at the few and only plants that are available in the garden, and of the mango tree just outside the yard. Initial images do show the indication that the lens may be true to its words as one of the sharpest 50mm lenses ever produced during the era.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7


The earlier version of the lens was first introduced in 1973 as a kit lens to the Autoreflex T3, gained a reputation for its optical performance, particularly its sharpness. The lens was later updated as a smaller and lighter version for the Autoreflex TC, as seen here, mounted on the Olympus Pen E-P5 with a hood on the front end.


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