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LENS REVIEW: Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7 (Can Fit Nikon Film/Digital SLR and Mirrorless Camera)

LENS REVIEW: Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7 (Can Fit Nikon Film/Digital SLR and Mirrorless Camera)
Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7
(Can Fit Nikon Film/Digital SLR and Mirrorless Camera)



Revition History
2016.06.25 - Original publish date.
2017.01.26 - Revised the formatting.


The Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7 was released in 1973 as a kit lens for the Konica Autoreflex T3. When tested against several lenses including Nikkors, Canons, Takumars and other big shots... this little lens ended up at the top of the list when it came to sharpness, especially wide open at f/1.7. Several versions of this lens came out afterwards, but the f/1.7 version here was the most sought after of them all.


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SPECS

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Year Released: 1973

Filter Thread Size: Ø=55mm

Minimum Focusing Distance:
1.75 feet / 0.55 meters

Aperture Range: f/1.7 - f/16 + AE

# Aperture Blades: 6

Body Construction: All Metal

Made In Japan

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

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Summary


For 

Nice bokeh

Filter thread does not rotate while focusing

Neutral color rendition, no color shift, colors are accurate.

Laser sharp and vivid wide open at f/1.7. I actually like the image quality more than my Nikkor-S 50mm f/1.4 for product shots, especially closeups.

Super light and compact 50mm.

Super smooth focus ring.

Nice outdoor lens, handles strong light very well.

Very sold all-metal construction.

It sells for cheap nowadays.



Neutral

Can be mounted on any Nikon film/digital SLR, but only for macros. K/AR has the shortest flange distance of all SLR mounts, and can only be used with mirrorless or micro 4/3 cameras.



Against

Ø=55mm. Filters that I usually see come in 52mm then 58mm. 55mm filters are quite hard to find (at least here).

Difficult to find adapters for DSLR users, while there are plenty of adapters for mirrorless and micro 4/3 cameras. I found some adapters in Amazon, but if you're here in the Philippines, the total cost + shipping would be prohibitive. You're better off getting a used Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D instead.



Conclusion

For those who may not be aware of the context, when this lens was introduced back in 1973, it is common for lenses to be soft wide open, even when stopped down. If I may say so, it is at par with lenses that were sold in the late 1980s.

While the image quality of this lens is really a delicious treat, this lens is best adapted for mirrorless and micro 4/3 due to its flange distance.

For Nikon DSLR users, it can be mounted as a macro lens, at least allowing you to use it up to a certain limitation.


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Samples


All of the samples here are unedited/uncorrected.

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.7

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