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The need for speed: The Konica 50mm f/1.2 lens


If you are looking for a very high-quality and very fast lens (and you have a lot of money to spend) than you should take a close look on the Konica 50mm f/1.2 lens! I found some image samples of the lens used on a Panasonic G1 here: Image samples on Leica cameras are available here on < a href="" target="_blank">Rakuten and Stephen Lee
A small review is available here: He also made a comparison with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.2 lens. A little bit of lens porn on Flickr and here :)

And if you want to get the lens or just check price and availability click here to see the lens on eBay: Konica 50mm f/1.2 lens

More “need for speed” lenses:
Fujinon 25mm f/0.85
Four crazy 90mm f/1.0 Lenses
Voigtländer 50mm f/1.1
The Leica Noctilux 0.95
PEN-F Zuiko Olympus 42mm F/1.2
Schneider Xenon 0.95/50mm
De Oude Delft 50mm f/0.75
The 75mm f/0.85 Leitz lens

  • I’m sure it’s a great lens, but a Canon FD 55/1.2 SSC is only 200-400USD. I don’t think that this sexy Konica would be 10 times better than the Canon.

  • chris

    Are there only gear heads in this forum?

    if you need a fast lens in the 100mm (fullframe) area. than buy a canon 135mm f2 for 1000€ and a 5d. that combination should have extreme superior image quality!

    a 135mm f2 is like a 67mm f1.0 on four third sensor in terms of dof and high iso noise. But have fun looking for such a lens and the image quality must be like that of a toy lens and it does not even have autofocus.

    this is simple ridiculous!

  • Duarte Bruno

    The Konica Hexanon 57mm F1.2 is much cheaper (~400-500$) and a magnificent performer, second to none AFAIK sharpness wide open, except perhaps for the mythical Noctilux.

  • Jonathan Wong

    i’m happy with my 50/1.1 :)

  • rUY

    I agree Duarte that Hexanon 57/1.2 is better performer after see those photos.

  • mpjohnst

    I just got a Pen 42mm/1.2. While it is a bit soft wide open, it is tiny compared to almost every other fast lens…

  • Martin Cohen

    I am content with my Konica 40mm f1.8 and Soligor 100mm f2 (in Konica AR mount). Cost: $0 (+$50 Konica AR adapter).

    With the E-PL1’s internal IS, very nice (auto ISO + S mode).

  • bob

    Looks like a F2 lens to me and not F1.2 FWIW

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