Leica Hektor 135 vs Konica Hexanon AR 135

f6cvalkyrie

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Hi,

I own both lenses and don't use them enough :frown:
Today, I justed wanted to compare them in a very simple test setup with my camelias.

On tripod, iso100, f8 for both shots
Automatic exposure and WB
Identical RAW conversion parameters

Here are the shots :

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and 100% crops

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Both lenses produce excellent images. The sharpness is very good for both, the Hektor becoming my favorite because it renders the colours and the contrast a little better. Nothing that cannot be corrected in PP however.

Big plusses also for the Hexanon : almost a stop faster and build in lens shade.

Both lenses can be easily adapted to µ4/3, and are often offered on the evilbay for not a lot of money !

Have fun,
Rafael​
 

Brian Mosley

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Hi Rafael,

which Hexanon 135mm do you have? There's a 135mm f3.2, an f3.5 and an f2.5

I have the f3.2 and f2.5... the f3.2 is closer focusing - I haven't done this kind of test to see how they compare for sharpness & contrast.

Cheers

Brian
 

BillN

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If you can tell anything from the web, (experts say that you cannot and I'm not an expert) - I prefer the one labeled Leica Hektor

What do you mean by 100% crops - I thought that meant no magnification?

Thanks for posting the comparisons
 

Brian Mosley

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Mine is the f3.5, Brian. I bought it a year ago, together with the 50/1.7, both with their leathercase for 50 Euro all together !

C U
Rafael
Sounds like a bargain! :thumbup:

Keep an eye out for the 135mm f3.2 - it's sharper and better for closeup work.

Cheers

Brian
 

hohoho

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Keep an eye out for the 135mm f3.2 - it's sharper and better for closeup work.
KEH has one in "EX" condition for $43. If you can settle for f/3.5, an "EX" example will put you back $15.

(Note to self: Must remember such prices the next time somebody goes on about how the stunning success of m43 cameras is pushing up the price of any mountable and halfway decent old glassware. And yes, KEH has supplies of the 40/1.8 too.)
 

genji

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Sounds like a bargain! :thumbup:

Keep an eye out for the 135mm f3.2 - it's sharper and better for closeup work.

Cheers

Brian
I'm looking forward to using a 135mm lens that focuses as close as the Hexanon 85/1.8, having just picked up the 135/3.2, a 50/1.7, and an Autoreflex T3 body for USD 105.

I'm impressed at how well the Hexanon holds its own against the Hektor -- I loaded each of the 100% crops into separate browser tabs and switched back and forth between them. I suspect that in a blind comparison, most people would be hard pressed to identify the respective lenses.
 

kurtwist

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Hi,

I own both lenses and don't use them enough :frown:
Today, I justed wanted to compare them in a very simple test setup with my camelias.

On tripod, iso100, f8 for both shots
Automatic exposure and WB
Identical RAW conversion parameters

Here are the shots :

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View attachment 141471

and 100% crops

View attachment 141472

View attachment 141473


Both lenses produce excellent images. The sharpness is very good for both, the Hektor becoming my favorite because it renders the colours and the contrast a little better. Nothing that cannot be corrected in PP however.

Big plusses also for the Hexanon : almost a stop faster and build in lens shade.

Both lenses can be easily adapted to µ4/3, and are often offered on the evilbay for not a lot of money !

Have fun,
Rafael​
I'm looking forward to using a 135mm lens that focuses as close as the Hexanon 85/1.8, having just picked up the 135/3.2, a 50/1.7, and an Autoreflex T3 body for USD 105.

I'm impressed at how well the Hexanon holds its own against the Hektor -- I loaded each of the 100% crops into separate browser tabs and switched back and forth between them. I suspect that in a blind comparison, most people would be hard pressed to identify the respective lenses.
Hi,

I own both lenses and don't use them enough :frown:
Today, I justed wanted to compare them in a very simple test setup with my camelias.

On tripod, iso100, f8 for both shots
Automatic exposure and WB
Identical RAW conversion parameters

Here are the shots :

View attachment 141470

View attachment 141471

and 100% crops

View attachment 141472

View attachment 141473


Both lenses produce excellent images. The sharpness is very good for both, the Hektor becoming my favorite because it renders the colours and the contrast a little better. Nothing that cannot be corrected in PP however.

Big plusses also for the Hexanon : almost a stop faster and build in lens shade.

Both lenses can be easily adapted to µ4/3, and are often offered on the evilbay for not a lot of money !

Have fun,
Rafael​
In a situation where there is a greater chance of flare, the Hexanon will show a marked superiority. The Hektor is certainly fun, though
 
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