57mm Hexanon 1.2 vs. 1.4

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Psynema, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Psynema

    Psynema Mu-43 Regular

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    May 14, 2011
    Philadelphia
    Gary Hanna
    Asked in an older thread but no replies yet, so just wondering, from those who had/used both

    is the 1.2 better optically at the same apertures as the 1.4. I may be willing to keep the 1.4 if the only benefit of the 1.2 is the extra half stop, but optically is the 1.2 better?
     
  2. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Interesting question... I don't know that the 57mm f1.2 is optically much better than the 57mm f1.4 (and I have both) but I do know that the 57mm f1.2 is physically larger, heavier and more expensive. It is however, my clear favorite due to it's outstanding bokeh and character.

    Perhaps the upcoming Olympus mZD 45mm f1.8 would be a better option for portraits.. but I'll be keeping my classic Hex.

    Kind Regards

    Brian
     
  3. Psynema

    Psynema Mu-43 Regular

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    May 14, 2011
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    Gary Hanna
    So bokeh is better at the same aperture?
     
  4. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Yes - although I don't have identical, comparative samples to offer - hope these help.

    E-400 + Hexanon 57mm f1.4


    E-400 + Hexanon 57mm f1.2


    E-3 + Hexanon 57mm f1.2


    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  5. Psynema

    Psynema Mu-43 Regular

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    May 14, 2011
    Philadelphia
    Gary Hanna
    also curious 57mm 1.2 vs. Canon FD 1.2 L
     
  6. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 31, 2010
    Wow, you're not getting vignetting or CA or artifacts at wide-open? I hardly use my 57mm 1.4 wide open. Are you using anything in particular?