Showcase Konica 100mm f/2.8 Hexanon AR

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by verbatimium, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. verbatimium

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  2. sesser

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    As fate would have it, I just nabbed one on eBay for $80USD. Not sure if that's a good deal or not, but these shots look sharp. Looking forward to adding to this thread.
     
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    M1060068. M1060078.
     
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  9. MarylandUSA

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    I'm glad to read this assessment, Michael. Over the past two months, I've bought a Hexanon 50/1.7 and four Hexanon AR telephoto prImes, including the 100mm f.2.8. I plan to test them against my competing primes, keep one winner per focal length, and sell the rest. I'm secretly hoping that Hexanons win at all four focal lengths!
     
  10. @Michael

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    Thanks. IIRC, I paid $80 for mine 6+ years ago. Maybe the best $80 lens that money can buy. :)

    I've always lusted after the Hexanon 85mm also - but back when I was actively using older MF lenses as a substitute for the lack of high-end m4/3 lenses, the 85's were pretty expensive.

    I use my Hexanon 55mm as my macro lens. The 40mm gathers dust.
     
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    A fine lens and images. I really need one of these. Well it is Xmas.:)
     
  12. MarylandUSA

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    I bought a Hexanon AR 100/2.8 and ran some tests. Compared to my 100/2.5 Minolta MD III, the Hexanon was slightly less sharp in the center but much more sharp in the corners, at every aperture from f/2.8 through f/8. I then compared it to the highly regarded Hexanon AR 135/3.2. When I cropped regions at equal size, I could make out more detail in the images taken by the 100/2.8! This was true and every aperture, in every part of the frame.

    I've been hoping to find a 100 that would provide enough resolution that I could stop using a 135. I may have just found it. But then, this is me we're talking about, so I'll probably continue to search for a 100 or 105 that can outresolve my Hexanon 100 in the corners.
     
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  13. MarylandUSA

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    I can't understand why the Hexanon AR 100/2.8's reputation takes a back seat to is AR stablemates the 135/2.5, 135/3.2, 200/3.5, and 200/4. In my tests, it proved the sharpest of the five, especially in the corners. Of the five, it's the only one I'm definitely keeping.

    G3 body, tripod, 2-second delay, ISO 160, cloudy day:

    f/2.8, 1/1300:

    100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR_at_f2.8.JPG

    f/3.5, 1/1000:

    100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR_at_f3.5.JPG

    f/4, 1/640:
    100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR_at_f4.JPG


    f/5.6, 1/320, portrait mode:
    100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR_at_f5.6.JPG

    f/5.6, 1/320, landscape mode, different day, shot closer. Wow!

    100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR_at_f5.6b.JPG

    f/8, portrait mode:
    100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR_at_f8.JPG

    f/8, 1/640, landscape mode, shot closer: 100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR_at_f8b.JPG
     
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  14. MarylandUSA

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    f/8, 1/320, ISO 400, handheld, Panasonic G3, sunny day. The 100/2.8 was fitted with a 3-inch-long metal hood attached through a 55mm-to-49mm stepdown ring:

    roof_100_2.8_Hexanonn_f8_ISO_400_P1010872.JPG


    f/8, 1/1600, ISO 400, handheld. Those corners!!
    streetsign_100_2.8_Hexanonn_f8_ISO_400_P1010876YES_CORNERS+DOF.JPG
    xxxx
     
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  15. MarylandUSA

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    Here are three cleaned-up cellphone shots of the the full-frame Konica Hexanon 100/2.8 shown alongside the half-frame Olympus E.Zuiko Auto-T 100/3.5 for Pen F/FT:
    100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR+100_3.5_Oly_half-frameP1010888. 100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR+100_3.5_Oly_half-frameP1010889. 100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR+100_3.5_Oly_half-frameP1010889. 100-2.8_Konica_Hexanon_AR+100_3.5_Oly_half-frameP1010891.


    I love both these lenses. But they're resigned to my closet until I get a modern body that's friendly for manual focusing. Until then, I'm enjoying my adapted Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150 f/3.5-4.5 AF.
     
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  16. RnR

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    This is one of the Konica's that I don't have. Always been hearing really good things about it. *casually checks out evilbay*
     
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