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    The Konica AR lens mount

    Konica Hexanon lenses are, from what I've read, considered some of the finest pieces of glass ever made. One magazine called the 50mm 1.7 the sharpest lens ever made, by anyone, period.

    So why are there no adapters to use Konica lenses on other SLRs? Is there something about the AR mount that made it impossible?
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    Probably just rarity. They're not common enough for anyone to have bothered.

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    It's probably cheaper to buy a Konica camera that what the adapter would cost.

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    A Konica to some other lens mount would, probably, not allow focus to infinity. That being said, check out Arax foto in Ukraine. He sells adapters for just about anything. FWIW, there is an M42 to Konica adapter which allows focus to infinity; but one loses auto diaphram operation. BTW, you are correct about the old Konica lenses: real sleepers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfeye View Post
    Konica Hexanon lenses are, from what I've read, considered some of the finest pieces of glass ever made. One magazine called the 50mm 1.7 the sharpest lens ever made, by anyone, period.

    So why are there no adapters to use Konica lenses on other SLRs? Is there something about the AR mount that made it impossible?
    The digital guys can't use em, that's why they are cheap to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfeye View Post
    Konica Hexanon lenses are, from what I've read, considered some of the finest pieces of glass ever made. One magazine called the 50mm 1.7 the sharpest lens ever made, by anyone, period.

    So why are there no adapters to use Konica lenses on other SLRs? Is there something about the AR mount that made it impossible?
    I recall there was some magazine had said that about a single copy of a lens, but others had never found them to be so remarkable, although they are undoubtedly fine lenses and an absolute steal at current prices.

    There are a few Konica resources on the web and most seem to be linked to the site below, which also explains about fitting the lenses to other cameras.
    http://www.buhla.de/Foto/Konica/eHexanonHaupt.html

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    Soligor Lens .. I need an ID - Konica Mount?

    Hi, I posted a thread on another post tonight..Elekm(subscriber member) put me on the trail to Konica,,, so i googled it and it brought this post which led me to the Konica pages.. i think i have a third party AR mount lens for the Konica Autoreflex T3. What do you think...
    sorry for the duplicate post ... but it is a beautiful lens in my eye.

    thanks. the pcis of the lens are at this post:
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum52/6...-any-good.html #post986003

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    Take a long at Buhla's page on Hexanon lenses: http://www.buhla.de/Foto/Konica/eHexanonHaupt.html

    He explains the problem in using Hexanon lenses on non-Konica SLRs. (In brief, the film to flange register is shorter than almost all other mounts.)

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    I have 2 Konica AR mount lenses, a 50/1.7 and a 40/1.8. The scans I get from the negatives I shot with these lenses on my Autoreflex TC shows that they are indeed very sharp. I love them, and Konica lenses are indeed real sleepers.

    As someone said before me, you have to bear with the bodies in order to use all those excellent glass.

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    Re: The Konica AR lens mount

    Quote Originally Posted by altair
    I have 2 Konica AR mount lenses, a 50/1.7 and a 40/1.8. The scans I get from the negatives I shot with these lenses on my Autoreflex TC shows that they are indeed very sharp. I love them, and Konica lenses are indeed real sleepers.

    As someone said before me, you have to bear with the bodies in order to use all those excellent glass.
    Bear with as in the bodies aren't very good?

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