Konica 40/1.8 on a NEX 6

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  1. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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    It doesn't matter if it is on a NEX or a Fuji the diminutive Konica 40 has always been a terrific lens for me. It gets knocked for not being sharp wide open (and it isn't) but stop it down to 2.8 and it really starts to sharpen up nicely. I just think of it as a 40/2.8 and don't even bother to shoot with it wide open. The best part is the Konica 40 is NOT an expensive lens. At one time I had the Pen-F 38/1.8 and Pen-F 40/1.4 which are roughly two and four times the price respectively. To be fair the 38/1.8 IS pretty sharp wide open and close focuses a bit better but IMHO the Konica produces better images than the Pen-F 38 and the 40. FWIW I no loner have the Pen-F lenses but i still have the Konica.
     
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  2. kevistopheles

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  3. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

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    The Hexanon 40 makes an absolutely terrific walk around lens for the NEX. it's small, the adapter is short (although certainly not as short and the Pen-F, M or M39 adapters) and IMHO it's incredibly easy to focus. I get a very high percentage of keepers with this lens. Even when I shot my Fuji (which was a lot more difficult to nail focus on) it worked really well.
     
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  5. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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    I just de clicked my copy. Wanted to try and put an extra stop between the 1.8-2.8. Didn't pan out so just took out the ball. Now it's a smooth aperture ring. A little loose but I can get about a 2.0-2.5 out of it now.
     
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  6. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

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    I always wondered why Konica didn't make it a 40/2.8 rather than a 1.8 because it's soft and glowy at 1.8 but really sharpens up nicely by 2.8
     
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