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I photo copied seveal pages in the 1979 july isuue of Popular Photography and then scanned three charts into gif files...

Thanks, Wenbiao

-- Anonymous, December 20, 2000



thanks wenbiao.

as i said in my response to the older post above, here in boston i have access to many old photography journals and will post data for the konica lens tests as well as others for comparison.

my question: does anyone know if konica ever published contrast/resolution data for their lenses?

if we were to obtain such data from someone at konica (someone here must have contacts, i just saw a post the other day regarding such a contact), it would be helpful to everyone, i think.


-- Anonymous, December 20, 2000

Wenbiao, OK, I have these same charts in my copy of the mag (yeah, I kept it all these years, there were so few Konica tests of any kind by the photo magazines back then). Please note that the test of the 40mm f/1.8 is flawed because of a decentered element. They made a big noise about it then, and later stated (without a rerun of the test in the mag where it would be widely known) that the 40mm was the sharpest lens they ever tested regardless of price. If it had been a Canon or Pentax lens it would have been returned and not written up or another would have been found to take its place (rationalized as being "more representative" of ___'s lens line). Of course, the "sharpest lens ever" line was given out by Herb Keppler in his SLR Notebook column some 5 years after the initial test (this was before the Pop Photo and Modern merger). Soon after, (I forget which columnist blurted it out) the real deal was (finally!!!) leaked by Pop Photo. This was in line with the order of the day for photo mags then (and today) that he who contributes more to the ad revenues of the mag gets the better press more often. The others got damned with very faint praise on occasion, when it was obvious they had done something the "big boys" couldn't or wouldn't do. The FS-1 was a case in point. While it did get a bit of ballyhoo, the concurrent Canon A-1, AE-1, etc. got the majority of the "major news" press. I suppose being a true landmark camera wasn't good enough.

Jon from Deepinaharta, Georgia

-- Anonymous, December 20, 2000

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