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HEXAR AF

They call this camera the one professional photographers take when they are on vacation
It can be a very simple to use point and shoot or you can  set it up for more specific needs (tricky controls). The silent mode is wonderful and the lens is SO SHARP.
It is not a ALL purpose camera but I love to use it  when I dont want to look professional . People will even laugh at you . But the quality of the pictures is no laughing matter.
Here are some links with a much in detail description of this nice camera
http://www.cameraquest.com/konhex.htm
http://www.dantestella.com/technical/hexar.html
Also some pics I have taken recently .
 I hope some other Hexar AF users at LS post some more.









by Alex Reshuan at 2006-01-08 00:32:17 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Unfortunaltely the second-hand price is going up since it’s been discontinued some time ago by konica. I’m on the lookout for a cheap one :)

by Stephan Sturges | 08 Jan 2006 03:01 | | Report spam→
Spreading this info more will probably raise the price of plain Silver Hexars (without the Silent mode), but as it is already out in the wild (web):

http://www.photo.net/equipment/point-and-shoot/konica-hexar

down in the comments, almost at the end, is a complete list of button presses to reprogram any Hexar for all the features like real Silent Mode, InfraRed focusing for IR films, et cetera, even for these Hexars that had the features cut out by Konica (Silent Mode because of some patent issues). It works, I can confirm that, I have seen (but not heard, it’s so silent <g>) it myself…


by Frantisek Vlcek | 08 Jan 2006 05:01 | Prague, Czech Republic | | Report spam→


by Ed Leveckis | 08 Jan 2006 05:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→


by Ed Leveckis | 08 Jan 2006 05:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks for rubbing it in Alex. I will hopefully find one soon. Nice pix. Do you have an underwater housing for it as well, or is that a different rig?

by Jethro Soudant | 08 Jan 2006 06:01 | Buffalo, NY, United States | | Report spam→
I use an underwater housing (it works really good). Altough I have to preset everything  (fix focus and expusure) and the viewfinder is useless.
It is a very instictive kind of shooting.
In the following weeks I will be doing some underwater shooting for a long term project I am doing here in Ecuador.
I am thinking going after the Hexar RF (also discountinued). It looks really solid and some people prefer it  over Leicas !. Anyone has any experience with this camera?





by Alex Reshuan | 08 Jan 2006 06:01 | | Report spam→
You know, a nice alternative to the AF is the Contax T3.  While it is not exactly silent, its operations are pretty durn quiet, the camera is solid as a rock, small as a pack of cigarettes, and the lens is superb: a six element, Zeiss Sonnar 2.8, the resolution of which has to be seen to be believed.  Astonishing sharpness.  It comes with a little leather carrier which you can sling on your belt.  I carry it around constantly either as a back up, or just a daily shooter.  Also, before I got my c7070, all my family pix were taken with this camera, and the results were wonderful.  It is so small no one ever notices you taking pix, but if they did they wouldnt concern themselves since the camera looks like a point and shoot cheapie.   The controls are all automatic but overridable, and you can even program the autofocus for street readiness so that there is little lag time ("prefocus" mode, which still involves a bit of waiting), or preset the distance and work with the resulting depth of field, so you are effectively zone focussing as with any other manual camera.  (the guide even includes a depth of field graph for you).  For an honest assessment of the camera’s virtues and flaws:

http://www.photo.net/equipment/contax/t3

The size of the camera is at once a strength and a weakness.  Smaller cameras, for me anyway, are a bit harder to work with, and the viewfinder is a bit small, so composition is a bit more difficult.   The Hexar is sized more like a Leica, and ergonomically well designed, so I imagine the viewfinder is more ample and thus more comfortable to work with.  But all things being equal, the T3 is a very handy little tool.  Of course, if you can find the T2, then you are really in business, because the controls are actually a bit better than on the T3.


by Jon Anderson | 08 Jan 2006 09:01 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
The contax t3 does look good but it’s stille very expensive for what it is, you could just about get a second hand g2 with a nice lens for the same price on evilbay. By the way there seem to be a few t2’s around most of the time on ebay, and they are a lot cheaper.

by Stephan Sturges | 09 Jan 2006 03:01 | | Report spam→
Hexar AF silver is excellent camera, nowadays I use Olympus E1 instead. I hope they’ll make digital Hexar…





by Dragan Matic | 09 Jan 2006 06:01 (ed. Jan 11 2006) | Zagreb, Croatia | | Report spam→
"I am thinking going after the Hexar RF (also discountinued). It looks really solid and some people prefer it  over Leicas !. Anyone has any experience with this camera?"

I’ve got the Limited Edition model of the Hexar RF – it came with a 50/1.2 and cost about the same as a good used M6 body. I really like it and if you can live with a motor drive it’s a fine camera. I don’t have any Leica glass but have used Cosina Voightlander lenses without any of the film-flange focus issues some have mentioned:
http://www.dantestella.com/technical/flange.html#hexar

I find it to be a great camera for the price. There’s more info here:
http://www.dantestella.com/technical/hexarrf.html
http://cameraquest.com/konicam.htm

by Jason Kaye | 10 Jan 2006 08:01 | Tacoma, Washington, United States | | Report spam→
 i have the RF with a 28 elmarit on it and echo what everyone else has said. 



by Ed Leveckis | 10 Jan 2006 18:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
I think the Hexar rf is an excellent camera. The meter does well in low light and the glass options (Leica, Voigtlander, Konica) are very nice. The rangefinder vertical alignment was off when I bought it (used) but it’s an easy fix. Great camera.



by Francisco Rosario | 10 Jan 2006 22:01 (ed. Jan 10 2006) | | Report spam→
Dear Alex,

I own an RF that as made many kilometers and rolls of film. I droped it a couple of times and it look really bad. Shooting with it is amazing. I like more then my m6 when i need to fast. I use it both with leica, konic and voightlander glass and i am amazed how good results i can take with it.
The AF version i had one for a few months but the autofocus kills me because i am never sure if my picture if in focus. Ended up selling it to a good friend.

enjoy your AF and if you have the chance get an RF (you gave me the news that is now discontinued)

by Joao Pina | 11 Jan 2006 18:01 | Sao Paulo, Brazil | | Report spam→
Hello Alex, I used to photograph with a Konica Hexar AF untill the end of last year. You can see some results at my website: http://www.oerwoud.nl/hexar/

by Jan Bos | 13 Jan 2006 02:01 (ed. Jan 13 2006) | Rotterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→

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Participants

Alex Reshuan, Photographer Alex Reshuan
Photographer
Guayaquil , Ecuador
Stephan Sturges, Student/Photographer Stephan Sturges
Student/Photographer
In Brussels , Afghanistan
Frantisek Vlcek, Photojournalist Frantisek Vlcek
Photojournalist
[undisclosed location].
Ed Leveckis, Ed Leveckis
New York , United States ( LGA )
Jethro Soudant, Photographer Jethro Soudant
Photographer
Buffalo, Ny , United States
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
Dragan Matic, Photojournalist Dragan Matic
Photojournalist
Zagreb , Croatia
Jason Kaye, Photojournalist Jason Kaye
Photojournalist
Tacoma, Wa , United States
Francisco Rosario, Photographer-Fotografo Francisco Rosario
Photographer-Fotografo
Washington, Dc , United States
Joao Pina, Photojournalist Joao Pina
Photojournalist
Lisbon , Portugal
Jan Bos, Jan Bos
[undisclosed location].


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