Hexanon 28mm f1.8 UC - Field Tests.

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I recently acquired an ultra rare Hexanon 28mm f1.8 UC lens and have been testing it out verses the Hexanon 28mm f3.5 lens. I got to shoot with it all day (about 9 hours) yesterday and while I still await for the film to be processed, here are some inital observations on the lens:

- It is a lot brighter than the Hexanon 28mm f3.5 lens and you can readily focus and see a lot easier with it

- The floating lens elements and close focusing of this lens is just amazing. It should of been called a Macro lens because you can get so close that you can get about 1:2 or better macro with it. (about 1 to 1.5 inches away from your object!) I know the specs are 7 inchs, but I was A LOT closer than that in focus (i.e. 1 to 1.5 inches away!).

- The weight and feeling of the lens is great, it isn't too light nor too heavy. It is much bigger than the Hexanon 28mm f3.5 lens but because of this it was easier to focus with.

- The rectangluer lens shade works just as good with this lens as it does with the Hexanon 28mm f3.5 lens, but ofcourse using a Polariser just sucks with this lens hood

- A great thing about the Hexanon 28mm f1.8 lens is that its infinity point is just further than 7 feet, meaning you can almost leave it on infinity make it a "point n shoot" and there isn't a lot of guess work if you are in focus or not if your object is 8 or more feet away like other lenses. You know its sharp and infocus.

- I shot a lot of compairsin test shots with both lenses at the same time at the same objects so I'll post them up at the Photography Blue Book web site Photography Blue Book web site. Server #1 Photography Blue Book web site. Server #2 when they come back.

That's it for now, just have to say what a beautiful lens.

Mike Photography Blue Book web site. Server #1 Photography Blue Book web site. Server #2

-- Anonymous, February 12, 2001

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