Good 40mm Legacy Lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by shutterbgkaplan, May 9, 2011.

  1. shutterbgkaplan

    shutterbgkaplan Mu-43 Rookie

    May 8, 2011
    Can anyone recommend a good fast relatively inexpensive 40mm legacy lens to use with GF-1?
  2. aw614

    aw614 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2011
    the konica hexanon 40mm
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  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    1+ on the Hex.....
    Stunning performer!
  4. For the price, the Hexy would be the clear winner. Just have a look at the prices of something like a Zuiko Pen F 40/1.4, or (gulp) a Zuiko OM 40/2 pancake.
  5. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    Another vote for the Hexanon 40/1.8 - although I tend to use the 50/1.7 more often.
  6. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    The Konica 40 is a great lens especially given the going price (around $50). The Konica 50/1.7 is sharper still and even cheaper. The Konica 40 has a nice short throw on the the focus. It is definitely a bargain. The Olympus Pen 40 is IMHO a better lens but weather or not it's that much better (at around $300) than the Konica 40 is up for debate.
  7. dani10

    dani10 New to Mu-43

    Apr 27, 2011
    does the konica 40mm only work with all manual settings or also in P mode? (i'm talking about Pen cameras :))
  8. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    I use it on my E-PL1, and it "works" in any mode - I say "works" beacuse it is a manual lens, so you'll have to adjust focus and aperture yourself in whatever mode you put it.
    If I set it use P mode or even iAuto or art filters, my E-PL1 behaves as expected, knowing it can't focus by itself and exposing for aperture priority.

    Lens is very good for pre-focused drive-by shooting
    More pics
  9. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Cosina Voightlander 40mm f/1.4 Nokton is a great lens. The multi-coated version would be better than the single coated.
  10. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Although I am a big Konica fan if I run across a Minolta 45mm f2 I would like to try one. I have heard only good things about it. I know it's not a 40mm but close.
  11. iliakoltsov

    iliakoltsov Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 7, 2010
    Dbuckle i was never impressed by the 45 F2 Minolta had to sell it to be fair, maybe i had a bad copy. The lens is not bad but not something you would spent time hunting for, color rendering i never liked it.
  12. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    It's also nice that KEH essentially gives away Konica lenses. $76 for the 40.
  13. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    The Pen F Zuiko 40mm f1.4 is awesome.

    These compact lenses are in keeping with the m43 form factor too (ditto the Leica Screw & M mount lenses).

    Not particularly cheap though.
  14. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    No kidding. I've been looking for one to consolidate my 35/f2 and 50/f1.4 and lighten my load. But the recent auctions have ended in the $400 range!
  15. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    And small 43mm filters, plus in-lens iris preset button, like OM-Zuikos or Super-Takumars.

    Also more in keeping with the format factor: designed for 18x24 so closer to our 13x17.3
    But why not the much more common Pen-F 38mm f/1.8, which I tested to be sharper back in the 70's ?
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  16. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    Got the 38mm f1.8 too - its great but my one has a stiff aperture action. I usually leave it on my FT and use the f1.4 on my E-P1 for low-light shooting.

    As an 80mm m43 lens its brilliant for portraits.

    Any Olympus lens-engineers that might be reading - get your Pen-F lens guys out of retirement or dust off their blue-prints and start cranking these out again. Absolutely legendary.
  17. labcoatguy

    labcoatguy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Cambridge, MA, US
    The pentagonal bokeh is also an issue with these Pen F lenses; if you can deal with that, you're in a world of joy. Here's two shots from mine, one wide open and the other one at f/2:

    Slight sharpness advantage when stopped down, but that ninja-star bokeh is an acquired taste. If you're going to stop down most of the time, you might as well save a hundred dollars or so and plump for the 38mm 1.8. That being said, the Pen F 40mm is second only to my Panasonic 20mm in the amount of time it spends on my camera, so you can tell that I have fallen hard for its charms.
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  18. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    Waiting--can't wait--for my Pen 60/1.5: with SLR my 135mm f/2.0 is my standard portrait lens, else I shoot full silhouette and it's the 50/1.4.
    Do you mean the 1.8 has more iris blades?
  19. labcoatguy

    labcoatguy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Cambridge, MA, US
    Nope, it has the same five blades. I meant that the only advantage of the 40mm, apart from its extra 2 mm of reach, is the faster aperture, and since the first stop after the wide open setting is f/2 on both of these lenses, stopping down leaves the two lenses functionally identical.
  20. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    I just found out the Olympus Pen-F 60/1.5 has eight iris blades. A very slight "ninja-star" at F/2.0, then a clean octogon.

    Btw, for those of you who use a 40mm lens, check out on eBay these Nikonos 80 VF why not too late--there are several available new. It's a superb finder, IMO better than Leica's or Voigt's 90mm parallax-corrected VF, because it has a screw to secure it tightly to the accessory shoe. I long used a Nikonos as a RF (or streetfighter?) camera substitute, with 35 and 80mm.