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Konica Hexanon 57/1.4 ar

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by elandel, May 13, 2010.

  1. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Can anybody tell me something about this lens? Is it vert different in image quality to the 57/1.2?

    Is it worthwhile buying? I found it at 80 euros and must make a rapid decision. What adaptoer on EPL-1?

    Thank you.
  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I have it and it's a great lens. Even wide open, very sharp.
    It has very nice even contrast.
    I use the RJ adapter from eBay...
  3. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    You need a fast medium telephoto prime and this is a good choice....

    I own two 57/1.4's, and several along the range either side, all faster than the current crop of dedicated native lenses (except for my Pany 20/1.7).

    Read this: Konica Hexanon Lenses

    Prices are going up quickly on the better examples.... but don't buy worn out crap either.

    Have fun!

    Bokeh D

    50/1.4 Rose, 57/1.4 Garden. Both are quick snapshots on a first test of the lenses.

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  4. Jamus

    Jamus Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Peter Jamus
    Do you find the 104mm range to be bothersome? At what times do you use the lens? Just seems to me like I wouldn't use it much...
  5. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thank you. Very nice pics.
  6. arcueid

    arcueid Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 16, 2010
    I find the 50/1.4 to be just nice for low light portraiture works. :D 
  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    The 57 becomes a 114mm. It's a nice portrait lens.
    Nice compression. I actually use it rather close up in my garden series.
    It does a good job in low light reach.
    Nice companion to the 40mm 1.8.
  8. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    i love hexanon glass and use the 57 1.2 alot.i had the 50 1.4 ,which i sold to a good friend for what i paid for it on ebay [ about 40 bucks....lucky!] i currently have the 50 1.7 and the 571.2

    so i have, or have had the 50 1.4 ...1.7 and 57 1.2 .... all 3 lenses are outstanding in their field .... like cows.... superb quality cows
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    It seems Konica saw the future many years ago.
    The hex lenses perform way better on digital than they ever did on film.
    The 40 1.8 is stellar and the 57 1.4 is not far behind.
    The glass is so contrasty that you don't need an EVF to focus on the Pens...
    That's a feather in their cap.
  10. Activator

    Activator Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 30, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Anyone looking for high quality Konica lenses should take a look at kevincameras.com. He must have about a dozen mint 57mm f/1.2's and his prices are pretty much in line with what people are asking on eBay. Maybe a little higher, but his stock looks amazing and he's in the US.

    I have NO affiliation with kevincameras.com. Just thought I'd toss it out there since most of the really good eBay 57's are in Europe, and his prices are similar. He's got pretty much every other Hexanon lens as well. I'm thinking of buying a 15mm f/2.8 fisheye...
  11. Rich M

    Rich M Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2010
    I have that lens and I am a happy camper.

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