Konica AR 40mm f/1.8 and Sony A6000

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Hin Man, May 25, 2015.

  1. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 18, 2013
    I happen to take out the Konica AR 40mm f/1.8 for a spin with Sony A6000. I meant to try out the Konica 40 f/1.8 on full frame with Sony A7 but my hiking preference picked smaller and lighter gear. The Konica fits the lighter and smaller gear profile.

    All the following are shot wide open in f/1.8 with Sony A6000. The colorful environment may hide the low contrast weak point of the lens. Wide open are not the strength of this lens but it is very quite handy and useable.


    by Hin Man, on Flickr


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    by Hin Man, on Flickr

    Last edited: May 25, 2015
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  2. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 18, 2013
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  3. southy

    southy TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 5, 2014
    Nice. I picked up one of these myself off ebay recently but have yet to give it a proper workout on the A7 either. Look forward to your results.
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  4. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 18, 2013
    Thank you southy, it is difficult for me to find things worthy to take pictures until the weekend with interesting places to visit. I love your flickr photostream. You may get to its usage with your A7 before me. The Konica is a good looking lens on the A7. It goes well with vented metal lens hood. And the smaller Konica AR to E adapter makes it relatively small compared to other slr 50mm.

    There are many positives about this prime such as its compact size and inexpensive cost to get. I especially like its focusing ring and when stopped down, it is sharp enough for me.

    Few negatives noted: the lens wide open has a certain glow on the edges especially when I am off-focus on the subject. And contrast is low in shooting into high contrast scene and a lens hood is a must for this lens. And I always wish this lens with better close up. The minimal focusing distance is too far for me at 0.45 meters.

    Wide open shots shooting into relative bright scenes has a certain glow that I can't comprehend, it may be related to A7 with sensor reflection that aggravates the glow and lost of contrast. And I do think this lens will work out well in b&w photos as adding contrast and tone lighting can easily be adjusted on post processing.

    I used to have a deeper hood such as the following which works better on contrasty scene.


    by Hin Man, on Flickr

    but the look is better with the vented lens hood. I don't think I price it too high and I have it listed on the buy&sell forum and there isn't a dime of interest. The only reason that I let go of this lens is due to overlap with Voiglander 40mm f/1.4.


    by Hin Man, on Flickr

    Last edited: May 27, 2015
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  5. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Excellent shots with a superb lens. Haven't used mine in a long while, need to knock the dust off.
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