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Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by shutterbgkaplan, May 9, 2011.
Can anyone recommend a good fast relatively inexpensive 40mm legacy lens to use with GF-1?
the konica hexanon 40mm
1+ on the Hex.....
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.
Another vote for the Hexanon 40/1.8 - although I tend to use the 50/1.7 more often.
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.
does the konica 40mm only work with all manual settings or also in P mode? (i'm talking about Pen cameras )
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
Cosina Voightlander 40mm f/1.4 Nokton is a great lens. The multi-coated version would be better than the single coated.
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.
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.
It's also nice that KEH essentially gives away Konica lenses. $76 for the 40.
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.
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!
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 ?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.