Konica Hexanon 40mm f1.8

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I’m emerging from a very hectic and tiring week at work, with many late nights put in. During the week, the second Konica u4/3 adapter I ordered showed up and tonight while relaxing with the family I attached the Hexanon 40mm f1.8 and plugged it on to the Olympus EP-1 for a couple quick test shots.

Top shot is wide open at f1.8, available indoor light. I don’t remember what iso the camera chose, but the shutter speed was 1/30. Even with the vaunted in-body stabilization the image looks a little soft, and has a similar “glow” effect to the 50mm f1.4 at the largest apertures. The lower image was taken at f2.8 and required a shutter speed of 1/10 to keep the same exposure. You can see that even hand-held the second shot is sharper across the frame.

This is a nice focal length to keep a little distance between you and your subject (80mm 35 equivalent). Although my kids are used to me poking a camera in their face all the time, at this focal length it is really unintrusive.  A great portrait length I think and a good companion to the 50.

I really like how these Hexanon’s render on u4/3. It’s not a clinically sharp image like the native lenses deliver, and there is a lovely color palette that is hard to describe, but is subtly different from the native lenses.

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2 thoughts on “Konica Hexanon 40mm f1.8

  1. Very nicely done portraits, Eric. On the MFT forum that I frequent (dpreview.com) I’ve read many good comments about the Konica lenses you shoot with. Isn’t it fun using adapters to mount MF lenses on your EP-1? (BTW, in September, I also saw some of your images in the “Faces” exhibit up at Volcano.)

    Myself, I’m now shooting about 95% of my stuff on MFT bodies (Panasonic GH2 and Olympus EPL-2) and native lenses, as well as on lots of “legacy” glass (left over from the film era) via MFT converters. I find MFT more than adequate for what I’m into, with the exception of sports, wildlife and birds in flight. After several attempts to shoot wildlife out on the prairie with MFT gear, as well as one very c-o-l-d early morning foray to a nearby national park to shoot the recent eclipse (following which I unexpectedly encountered a huge herd of elk grazing in the snow at sunrise), I’ve concluded that I’ll have to start using my Canon DSLR equipment again.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work. Eloise sends Holiday greetings to you, Amy and the kids.

    Aloha,
    William Ing
    (In Hot Springs, SD)

    • Hi Will,
      Great to hear from you. I’ve seen some of your posts on dpreview and was interested to see that you were using 4/3 gear some. I’m really enjoying the format. So far I prefer the Panasonic bodies to the Olympus ones, but it is most minor UI issues that bug me about the Olys. I could see shooting birds and sports could be a problem, but wildlife in general? I have the Pana 100-300mm which gives you an amazing 600mm equiv lens that is very light and has should have better DOF than 35mm. But I have never shot much wildlife in parks, mostly landscapes. I have found night shooting is also problematic for 4/3 at times. But then again, I’m using one of the earlier sensors and probably things have improved somewhat with the GH2. Looking forward to what Pany comes out with for the GH3. Should be soon!

      Sounds like you are making the most of your new home, photographically, at least. Love to hear some stories and maybe Amy and I will get a chance to visit you there. We have relatives in Montana and love that area of the country. I remember one trip sneaking up a hill in SD to get a view and photo of some bison. Vivid memory. Happy Holidays to you both!

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