The Hexanon 57mm F1.4 lens has been my main lens for the last year. It's almost always attached to one of my Konica SLRs and I trust it. It's taken a while to get used to its focus range, but overall it's a consistent, solid lens that. Since I will likely never be able to afford the 57mm F1.2, chances are it will be my main compact portrait lens for a while.
Here are some scenic/object photos I've taken with it. See how much light it gathers, even in low-light circumstances, even with rather expired film.
Mainly, however, the 57mm F1.4 is a portrait lens. This lens is intended for people, intended to be the most compact means to get a photo of somebody without distorting their features. Here are a few portraits it has taken recently.
For the first in my series showcasing the the Konica Hexanon lenses at my disposal, here's the 24mm F2.8. It's a basic wide angle lens that came with the Konica T3 I picked up from a 2nd hand store in Chilliwack.
Funny thing: when I opened the camera cover, I discovered that the camera had been owned by Brian Minter, local gardener extraordinaire. His name was inside the case, and the film inside the camera had a bunch of photos from Minter Gardens in the early 90s, I estimate.
I've loved this camera since I got it and it's had film in it on a near-constant basis since then. It doesn't have a flash shoe, but a couple days ago I found a big handle for mounting a flash, so now I can use the camera in all levels of light.
I like the 24mm lens a lot. It's compact and crisp. The photos I take with it seem to have a good appeal to many viewers. At the beginning it seemed lacklustre, but I feel like it has redeemed itself.
I haven't used it for quite a few months, but here are a few photos I've taken with it over the last couple years.
Been really enjoying the old Konica Hexanon lenses lately. There's something about them that's building my loyalty to the brand. There's a sharpness to them, no matter the camera used.
âHere's a selection of photos I've taken over the last couple years, using a few specific lenses. And I think I'll post a few lens-specific posts later on.
Here's the 57mm F1.4:
Here's the 50mm F1.4:
The 24mm F2.8
The 52mm 1.8
The Konica S2 Auto's 45mm F1.8:
I picked up this Konica T3 from a thrift shop. It had markings inside that said it was once owned by Brian Minter.
I like it a lot, but I feel like it will take a while to master it. The indoors shots I took with the camera seemed to work best, for now. It's also the only SLR I have that has a wide angle-ish lens, which might explain why the indoor shots worked so well. I need to learn to fight the greys for the outdoor ones..
I picked up the Canon AE-1 from a guy on a Facebook group. It's a solid little camera with a working light meter. I love the photos it takes, but can't seem to quite hold the camera level most of the time. I need to figure out what's going on there.
A few months ago, I got a Konica S2. I love this thing. Its photos seem astoundingly crisp and it seems to capture light in a unique, earthy way.
Here are some of the photos I took with it the first time around, using some trusty Kodak Gold 200 from Wal-mart.
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