Hexanon(legacy) lenses Qs...

Started May 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
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In reply to Paul Auclair, May 21, 2012

The 57 f/1.2 is not "sharp" wide open, but has incredible bokeh, can focus very closely, and gives images a very "dreamy" feeling at 1.2. I consider it an "art" lens, and it's nice for portraits because of the slight glow/softness/creamy bokeh. Some of my favorite images have been taken with a 57/1.2, but they are very expensive ($500 and UP), so they are the 1st to go when I need $ for some other gear.

Most of the fast legacy glass will exhibit a "glow", as well as CA wide open. You need to embrace these things a a "feature"!

With the Hexanon's there is a little "fix" for taming the glow, and sharpening things up wide open. You can insert a "baffle" in the adaptor mount to cut the "stray light" bouncing around behind the lens. I am a "believer", and have made a baffle out of some thick rubber that I keep in my Konica/MFT mount. Search "Hexanon" and "Baffle" on this forum.

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