Konica Hexanon 40mm f1.8
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.