This is a record of using the KONICA M-HEXANON 35mm / F2, a wide lens for the Leica M, with a digital camera.

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KONICA M-HEXANON 35mm F2 photo exsample(LEICA M9)

This lens uses a retrofocus lens configuration. The 35mm/F2 lens with the same specifications in the Konica L mount was a typical Gaussian-type lens with sufficient performance for digital camera photography, but I assume that the designer thought it would be uninteresting to release a rehash of a previous lens.
The appearance is almost the same as the 28, 50, and 90 lenses, but with a focus lever similar to that of the Zmicron 6-element lenses.
Retrofocus type lenses are suitable for the modern age, as they are large in size but easy to improve performance with computers. Although a bit large, it is still small enough compared to SLR lenses to be easily carried and handled.
Perhaps because it was released late in the market, it is less common and more expensive than other Konica M-mount lenses in the second-hand market.

A wide-angle lens for the Leica M mount, released in 2000.
This is the third 35mm lens made by KONICA.
This is a modern lens with a retrofocus type lens construction.
The lens hood can be screwed in and then rotated 120° to a position that does not interfere with the viewfinder. There is no device to fix it in place, so it may shift position in the camera back.

focal length(mm)35
Maximum aperture2
Minimum aperture16
Lens configuration7groups 8elements
Leaf blade10
Minimum distance(m)0.7
Lens length(mm)45.1Distance form mount frange
Lens max diameter(mm)55.7
Filter diameter(mm)46
Release dateYear 2000



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