Showcase Konica 85mm f/1.8 Hexanon AR

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by fin azvandi, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I was lucky enough to find a good condition Konica Hexanon 85/1.8 recently at a garage sale. Here's a few images from my first day out with it. Shot with an E-PL1 with some PP done in Aperture. I didn't have a hood and many of the shots were a bit washed out - will try again with a hood this weekend.

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    Ah, the Memorial Union Terrace at UW-Madison...a fine place to work while enjoying a beer!
     
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  2. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
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  3. Gurin

    Gurin Mu-43 Regular

    42
    Feb 5, 2012
    Sweden
    I find shooting with this lens is a pleasant experience. I have an old one with half stops on the aperture ring.
     
  4. compositor20

    compositor20 Mu-43 Regular

    32
    Oct 21, 2010
    can you show a full body portrait at f1.8 so tha we can see how the bakground is blurred (olympus has a 75mm f1.8 rumored)?
     
  5. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I'm probably not the best person to demonstrate what this lens is capable of - to be honest I mostly shoot street or detail photos and don't have much opportunity for portraits these days. But I went out this afternoon and tried to get a few shots wide-open using an ND filter. Definitely not an ideal use scenario because even when you try to prefocus the DoF is so thin that it's tough to catch someone as they go by. Lots of out-of-focus rejected shots...I'll try to find a willing subject to pose for me this weekend!

    Like many legacy lenses, even with a reasonably deep lens hood there's a softness or "halo" effect with this lens at max aperture - it sharpens up significantly at the next stop (f2.8 on my version). Even if I had time to focus on a stationary subject for a portrait, I would prefer to stop the lens down a bit.

    Click the thumbnails here for straight OOC E-PL1 Jpegs (resized to 1024):

    f/1.8
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    f/1.8
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    f/1.8 - with this background you can see some pretty smooth bokeh
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    f/2.8 - bokeh is still nice here
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    f/4
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    f/4
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  6. eno789

    eno789 Mu-43 Regular

    193
    Jul 5, 2010
    Bay Area, California
    Brian
    Magnolia

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    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9vc1o52T8T8LApuOrktjIBccEhFOsm6TyzykNxZO50c?feat=embedwebsite"> P1040839. "480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/106236012710735055679/201202Magnolia?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOPhl5jyz4Xr1AE&feat=embedwebsite">2012-02 Magnolia</a></td></tr></table>
     
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  7. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I had one of these about 3 years ago and sold it in a weak moment. Regretted it ever since. It is one lens I'll get again if the chance and price avails it's self. great photos BTW.
     
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  8. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
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  9. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
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  10. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
  11. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Fin, what a lucky find. F/1.8 for am 85mm, wow! I love the crops of your last two outstanding photos.

    Thanks for the memories of beer at the Union. I loved that aspect of the UW system, and of course the ability to by Old Milw and Blatz for $1.99/case. Great days!

     
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  12. SVG-HK

    SVG-HK Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Aug 15, 2012
    Hong Kong
    Valeriy
    Love the glass! Pics below were taken with E-M5.

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  13. SVG-HK

    SVG-HK Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Aug 15, 2012
    Hong Kong
    Valeriy
    As this lens was designed with portrait shooting in the mind, I have tried some recently. Still not easy to nail focus with MF lens when casual people shooting at such focal length (170mm at FF) even with E-M5's IS and magnification assistance. Focus picking could help a lot in this case :).

    This one I like most :)
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    F2.3?
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    F1.8
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    F2.8
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  14. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Just an opinion, but if you can't nail focus using magnification then focus peaking won't be any better. Peaking may be faster, but magnification is more accurate. Fear not though... with practice you'll get both faster and more accurate.

    Anyways, here is my Konica Hexanon 85mm f/1.8:

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    (image taken with Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD on an E-PL2)

    And here are some images taken with the Hexanon on a Pen Mini:

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  15. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Here's a few more samples with this lens from yesterday morning:

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  16. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    Love the last one Ned!
     
  17. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Here's a couple more Hexanon 85mm/1.8 images from the Salter Tea last weekend, an awards ceremony for the University of Alberta's Department of English and Film Studies...

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