The Konica Hexar AR 28 mm f/3.5 is a wide-angle lens for SLR cameras with the Konica AR bayonet mount.
Konika's Hexar series was low-end and positioned as "lenses for beginners". These lenses were not manufactured at Konika factories, but presumably to the order and at the factories of Tamron.
Nevertheless the Konica Hexar AR 28 mm f/ 3.5 features rather good optical characteristics: good sharpness across the frame (slight drops in resolution on the edges), good contrast, low distortion.
Image quality is a bit worse than that of the Konica Hexanon AR 28 3.5 with 7 lenses.
The lens is not well resistant to back and side light, as well as to scattered light. The use of hood is extremely recommended. Konica produced a metal rectangular hood as accessory for this and other lenses with focal lengths of 24-28 mm. This original hood is well designed in a constructive way and well resistant to contrast drop and flare.
The Konica Hexar AR 28 mm f/ 3.5 was cheaper than Hexanon AR lenses with the same focal length. Nevertheless it is very rare now and may cost even more expensive than the Hexanon version. According to the expert analysis, only 10% of all 28 mm Konica lenses belong to the Hexar line. The rest belong to the varieties of the Hexanon AR 28 mm f/ 3.5 and to the rare UC Hexanon AR 28 mmf/ 1.8.
The Hexar AR 28 mmf/ 3.5 exists only in one variant. All the lenses of this line have a rubber-coated focusing ring and are marked with the AE green sign.
According to its characteristics, it is fit for shooting landscapes, interiors, architecture, as well as for candid photography.
Due to a little flange focal distance, the Konica Hexar AR 28 mm f/3.5 is hard to use on modern SLR cameras (rear part modification required), but it may be used open-end on mirrorless cameras .
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Posted by: photocorner Date of publication: 01.02.2011