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28mm competition: VC 1.9 vs Hexanon
Old 08-16-2008   #1
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28mm competition: VC 1.9 vs Hexanon

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I recently aquired a Hexanon 28mm from Matsuyiastore (Great guys BTW), after I wasn't satisfied with my VC 1.9. It was hard to say what really pushed me to do so. Maybe a blend of ergonomics and optics. I had the impression that the VC didn't yield good pictures. I think now that it may be the sum of several factors, including low contrast light, low contrast developper (emofin - not sure about this one) and low contrast lens.

Well, the hexanon arrived and I wanted to compare it to the VC. So here are the results - Only a resolution test, a newspaper. The portion shown is cropped and is located at 3/4 ofthe distance on the center - corner axis. Both pictures at f/2.8 at about 1m distance.

These examples has been replicated a number of time to eliminate the risk of misfocusing and the results were consistent.

Left one is the Hex, right one the VC.

This test plus the fact that the Hex is really ain another league when it comes to build quality, and I really think my VC will hit the classified or the bay soon.

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Old 08-16-2008   #2
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Just like you, I just picked up a 28 M Hexanon as well. I'm really pleased with it. It's Great on my M8. I also have the 50 & 90 and really like everything about the Konica Lenses.
Having said that, some time ago I had an R-D1 and the VC 28 1.9 and considered it quite good. I sold it with the R-D1. For the price the VC is a great deal for a fast 28.
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post pictures on people or something of landscapes at B&W if you can
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Hexanon 28, lika all Hexanons is a superb lens:




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I don't think you can judge the hexanon by resolution alone . The way the lens renders images seems very different from the Ultron. I like the balance of contrast and tones that it provides
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I like all of the Hexanons. I haven't really compared them against any other lenses. I don't see much difference in your newspaper shots above. Perhaps if I could see them side-by-side in a single picture?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tuolumne View Post
I like all of the Hexanons. I haven't really compared them against any other lenses. I don't see much difference in your newspaper shots above. Perhaps if I could see them side-by-side in a single picture?

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That's wayyyy beyond my computers skills
I do see a clear advantage in clarity and contrast for the Hexanon.
I did quite a lot of tests that way and the differences are usually subtle.
Even between lenses as far technologically as the current summicrons 35 and 50s and the 35mm 1.5 and 50mm 1.4 from canon.
Here on the contrary, I see quite a gap between the two lenses.
I wander if it's my sample.
I also wander if the new Ultron is better in that regard.
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