Konica Hexanon 57/1.4 ar

elandel

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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.
 

Streetshooter

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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...
Shooter
 

Bokeh Diem

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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.
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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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...
 

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Jamus,
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.
 

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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
 

Streetshooter

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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.
 

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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...
 
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