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Konica 40mm 1.8

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by JoeG, May 22, 2010.

  1. JoeG

    JoeG Mu-43 Regular

    Just got one from ebay. Seems like old times for an old Konica shooter. It's a nice-looking lens and balances perfectly with my G1. I'll post a picture in the sticky post above. Here's a quick glance at what it can do.

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  2. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    im a big fan of konica glass nice work
  3. Freedomwalker

    Freedomwalker New to Mu-43

    Jun 13, 2010
    I also got a few Konica Hexanon lenses recently having read so much good things about them when used on m4/3 bodies. Still trying to get used to manual focusing but on the G1 it's not too difficult just my eyesight not that great anymore LOL. Here my first attempt - some orchid pics shot indoor.

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  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Ya got a real winner there my friend. Like Cosina, I feel the Konica glass is great on a digicam.... The 40 and the 57 1.4 make a great set.
    The 40 is like a fat pancake.......good stuff....keep posting
  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Ya got me on it again....

    Pen1 40 1.8 wide open

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  6. Freedomwalker

    Freedomwalker New to Mu-43

    Jun 13, 2010
    Thanks Shooter! I am all new to m4/3 and leagcy lenses, having just recently bought the G1. Been intrigued by m4/3 bodies being able to use old manual focus lenses and the nice pics I have seen with them. I agreed too, the 40mm f1.8 is a great little lens for the G1 and I hope to shoot with it instead with the kit lens. I too have the Canon fd 50mm f1.4 but not used it properly yet. Great fun nevertheless with either lens no doubt, hope to get out more and shoot more.......Cheers, John
  7. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
  8. Akashi

    Akashi Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 1, 2010
    Tromso, Norway
    Stupid question I know but what adapters goes with this lens?
  9. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Hexanon AR to m4/3rds... or the lens can be adapted to 4/3rds standard fit, in which case you'd use a 4/3rds to m4/3rds adapter.

    I've had mine for years now, it's a fantastic bargain... just make sure you find one in really good condition.

    Olympus E-400 + Hexanon 40mm f1.8
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  10. benbammens

    benbammens Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 23, 2010
    I really don't like it @1.8

    But here are a few pictures with the lensstopped down. I like these :) 

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  11. summerkl

    summerkl Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    Kevin L
    Neon shots

    Some night shots while on vacation at f2.8 - all handheld around 1/60s. No post processing just resizing.

    I just traded this lens to dixeyk - what was I thinking :confused: 





  12. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010

    I don't know what you were thinking but I'm glad I was there to be the recipient of your mental lapse...:eek:  Sorry that all I have to show for it so far are some wilted cosmos but you work with what you got. Of course I'm sure the NEW addition to your lenses might provide SOME consolation...you think? :biggrin:

  13. The Konica Hexanon 40mm f/1.8 was the only legacy lens I took with me to LA last week. Even though I had 3 native µ4/3 zooms ranging from 9-200mm and 2 native fixed focus lenses at 20mm and 45mm, I ended up using the 40mm lens about half the time.

    Here's a candlelight shot at 1/25 second, ISO 100, wide open:

    I'm learning to work with the ringed out-of-focus highlights, rather than to fight them.
  14. hmpws

    hmpws Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 24, 2010
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Does your lens glow wide open? I find that for both my 40mm and 57mm f/1.4, they glow quite a bit.
  15. I'll admit I don't quite know what "glow" means, but if it means what I think, I'd agree. I'd almost call it glare.

    If I use either one in bright daylight, it's hard to keep it open and compress the depth of field. There seems to be too much light bouncing around the lens/camera cavity and everything seems to get burned.

    By contrast, the OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 is a lot more forgiving.

    But it takes beautiful pix in the shade or indoors, and I like the way it renders the images. During the day, the 40mm is OK stopped down, but at anything below 2.0 it's got to compete with the Lumix/Leica 45mm, and it loses that challenge handily.
  16. 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 :) )
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