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Canon 35/2 FD vs Hexanon 40/1.8 vs Hexanon 35/2

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by PannyKid, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. PannyKid

    PannyKid New to Mu-43

    Sep 29, 2011

    I'am looking good and sharp choice for taking photos fully open. I have read many threads about those great lenses but still unsure which one choose. So what is you pick and why ? Do you think one of those is clearly best or are differences so small that all are great choices?

    BR, Pannykid
  2. From what I've seen, fully open is not a good place to be with the Hexanon 40/1.8
  3. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Not the hexanon

    I had a Hexanon 40mm and was very disappointed. It looks great on the camera but the shots were dull and lifeless.
  4. SCT

    SCT Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 8, 2011
    Landover, MD, USA
    At f/5.6 and smaller, its fine to me. Anything bigger, everything does seem dull.
  5. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    Of the three you list I've only used the Hexanon 40. You've probably already read that it really benefits from a deep lens hood. Even then I'm not sure it's the sharpest lens wide open - not terrible but stop it down a bit and the sharpness picks up quickly.
  6. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 All-Pro

    The Hexanon and FD 35mm lenses are close enough that you should just go for whichever you get a better deal on. The 40mm isn't as good optically because it was designed as a pancake lens, so it's physically much smaller, which has led to tradeoffs. This is true for most pancake designed lenses: the Nikon 40mm is even worse. The Pentax is decently regarded compared to those previous two. Our own 20mm m4/3 lens is also a very good performer.
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