Disproportionate Combination: Hexanon 80-200 f/3.5 on a E-P1

Laserguy

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I recently won a not-particulary-expensive auction for a pair of lenses: a Konica Hexanon 57 mm f/1.4 (the lens in which I was interested, after reading the positive comments from several folks around here) and a Hexanon 80-200 f/3.5 zoom. The latter lens is quite old (pre-1975, I think, based on the aperture and the 'silver' aperture ring), and is purportedly optically decent for a zoom of its era. It's also, well, a bit large...

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(That little silver thing on the back of the lens is my camera.)

After prying out a stuck filter in the hood, I tried a couple of test shots. These were taken at 200 mm at just about the minimum of focal length of 2 m. The former is at f/3.5, while the latter is at f/5.6. (A third shot at f/8 looked similar to the f/5.6 image.)

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The f/5.6 image is OK, but the f/3.5 is a bit too soft; it's not clear to me whether this softness is inherent to the lens or if I just stuggled to manually-focus a 400 mm-equivalent lens that weighs as much as a 1981 Buick Skylark and has a tripod mounting surface the size of a dime.

It may not be a practical lens for most purposes, but it's a lot of fun. Has anyone else tried this lens? Did you like it?
 

Bokeh Diem

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What a monster. I have a 300mm Minolta of that vintage but yours dwarfs it.

They have their purposes. Try a 2X teleconverter on it LOL.

Bokeh Diem
 

Brian S

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That is a Monster. I have the Zoom-Nikkor-C 80~200 F4.5, about the same vintage. It is much smaller and uses 52mm filters. Quite sharp, as good as the 200/4.

The adapter to use an F-Mount lens arrived today. Only lens tried on the EP2 is the 55/1.2 so far.
 

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