This is a record of using the HEXANON 50mm F1.2 (KONICA) with a film camera.

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KONICA M-HEXANON 50mm/F1.2 Photo example(HEXAR-RF +Kodacrome64)

The photographs in the gallery were taken in 2007 at Nishiki Market in Kyoto, Japan, with the HEXAR-RF Limited + M-HEXANON 1.2/50 lens and KR64 (Kodachrome-64).
Although the film sensitivity was ISO 64, the HEXANON 1.2/50, when used at maximum aperture, allowed a reasonable shutter speed, and there were few shaky pictures.
It was an easy-to-use lens with no bad impressions in terms of light spherical blur and front/rear blur. Since I had a lot of standard lenses, I sold them without being able to make much use of them, and I would like to buy new ones if I have the chance.

When I acquired this camera and lens set in 2007, it was the end of the film camera era and camera and lens sets were sold at much lower prices than now. The digital camera was a LEICA M8.


Perhaps because of the high price of the camera and lens set, unused boxed items have sometimes appeared on the market since the time of purchase, and even today, unused boxes can still be found, so it seems that there are still unused units that have been purchased.
The lens included in the box is often parted from the body and sold as a stand-alone lens, which is relatively common in the used market.
As a side note, the HEXAR-RF was a well-made rangefinder camera and was a mainstay camera before the complete shift to digital. Even after the switch to digital, I still wanted to use a film camera and acquired an M6 and M6TTL. However, Kodachrome had disappeared by then.
LEICA was moving to digital and I was expecting HEXAR-RF-Digital, but as we all know, the subsequent trend was the transfer of KONICA camera business to MINOLTA, the camera business was transferred from KONICA-MINOLTA to SONY, and the focus on mirrorless cameras, which are a mass of electronic devices, and the spread of the mirrorless cameras. The focus and spread of mirrorless cameras, which are a mass of electronic devices, has prevented the release of rangefinder cameras with many mechanical elements from the lineage.

Since the lens is attached to a camera called “Limited,” the finish of the lens barrel is very well done. The titanium color and orange lettering are beautiful. The knurling on the focusing ring is of moderate width and unevenness, allowing for smooth focusing. The aperture ring is also located at the very front of the lens barrel and could not be accidentally changed while shooting.
A large hood is also included, but I rarely used it because it would get in the way of the viewfinder frame.
Compared to the KL-HEXANON 60mm/F1.2, which has a simple black and silver barrel, this one is definitely better looking.
As stated in the specifications, the minimum focusing distance of 0.9m is a disappointing point for the lens alone.
This lens was also given away along with the camera.

This lens was released in 2001 bundled with the HEXAR RF Limited (limited to 2001 units).
This is the large aperture standard lens for the M-mount.

focal length(mm)50
Maximum aperture1.2
Minimum aperture16
Lens configuration6groups 7elementsGauss-type
Minimum distance(m)0.9Camera distance meter linked from 0.9m to infinity
Lens length(mm)68.8Lens only
Lens max diameter(mm)50
Filter diameter(mm)62
Weight(g)390Lens only

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