Again, more yard sales trying to get rid of the Konica lenses have failed, so I am stuck with a dozen or so lenses in AR mount. Perhaps it's a sign that I should keep them, because most of them are really good lenes, including the 35mm f2.8.
Like most older lenses, this one was made entirely of metal and glass. Needless to say, it's well made and feels great in the hand. The coating of the front element does not seem like it's multi-coated, so a hood should really be used to minimize flare and increase contrast. I have a matching rectangular Konica metal hood that makes this lens look gorgeous.
Image quality does not disappoint. No, it's not a Leia-R 35mm f2, but once you stop it down to f5.6-f8, you will be hard pressed to see a difference, though the Leica has nicer colour rendition and better micro contrast. I doubt you can tell in print though. Let's just say that it's a good lens that produces good results. For a manual focus lens, the feel of the lens has a lot to do with the pleasure of taking pictures. Sure it doesn't improve the optical quality, but the process of taking pictures is at least half of the fun, so the feel of quality is important. This is not as nice as the Takumars, but darn close. What stands out, though, is the price. Konica lenses are still undervalued and cheap. In most cases, for the price of a good lunch, you could get this lens in great condition, but the matching hood is much harder to find.
There are still a lot of Konica lenses out there. Adapters for the Micro 4/3 and NEX to Konica lenses are now very cheap. It's a good time to get your hands on some before the prices go up.
Three is a crowd -- G1 & Konica 35mm f2.8. Click to see larger.
Megan -- NEX-5 & Konica 35mm f2.8 @ f2.8.