Konica FT-1, lens recommendations?

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  1. Foxwolfe

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    I recently acquired a Konica FT-1 from my dad that came with a Tamron 28-70mm (I believe) and a Hexanon 135mm. I've since then purchased for it a 50mm f1.7 and 28mm f3.5 (both Hexanons) on eBay for 10 and 5 dollars respectively (before shipping :p).

    Now since these lenses are so cheap at the moment I thought I'd ask if there were any particular sizes that people recommend I look into or that were considered must haves, and if so what they were useful for.
     
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    The more common AR Hexanon lenses are often available at low cost but the
    more rare lenses can be quite pricey -- like the 57/1.2, 85/1.8 and all the
    lenses wider than 28mm.

    There is a list here:
    www.buhla.de - Overview Konica SLR Hexanon and Hexar lenses

    Scroll down to the "AR bayonet" sections (the "F bayonet" lenses won't fit
    your FT-1)
     
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    Thanks for the link, I had been to that site a few times recently to read over various info but hadn't looked around at what all is available there.

    And 57mm 1.2 eh, interesting stuff, I just assumed that 1.4 was as low (or do I mean high? still working on all the technical terms and whatnot) as a few of these lenses went.
     
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    One Konica lens that has become a "cult favorite" is the 40mm f/1.8.
    It's a compact "pancake" lens with a reputation for great sharpness.
    They were once common and low priced but are now sought after and
    go for about $50 or so.
     
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    Glad you brought this up, compur.

    I actually have one of these on it's way to me right now.

    But I went the smarter route!

    There's a secret to buying this lens...and here it is...

    Buy a Konica body that includes this. It's actually cheaper to buy this lens with a body than it is to buy it by itself. It's messed up and weird, but true.

    I got sick of seeing incredibly sharp images taken with lens and decided to get one. Plus, as a Konica fan, I felt I needed one. So I found an Autoreflex TC with the 40/1.8 and some generic zoom. I don't know if I'll keep the body or not. I have the original Auto-Reflex and love it. But what matters is that I paid around $45 or so (including shipping) for this when the lens itself usually goes for around $60.

    Extra body, plus the lens I want!
     
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    Oh. And as a Konica owner, you should have this site bookmarked. It's an amazing resource.
     
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    Nice tip, I'll definitely keep my eye out for deals like that in the future.
     
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    Do that. Trust me.

    Also, the camera and lens made it to me. It's great and tiny and finally gave me a reason to take the 50/1.7 off my Auto-Reflex. I'm hope to shoot with it tomorrow.
     
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    I found something in the mail yesterday!

    [​IMG]

    Now I know I don't need the extra lenses just yet as I still have plenty to still learn with just the 50mm 1.7 I have, but when I keep managing to get such good deals on them I can't help it :p

    The glass on this thing looks amazing btw, and I snagged it for 17 bucks!

    Now I just gotta wait until I get my FT-1 back from Weber Camera as it had some issues and needed a CLA.

    Thanks again for the advice fellas, I'm sure I'll have plenty more questions in the future.
     
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    Good deal! I just got another 40mm myself. Someone on a forum was offering a free Konica FP-1 with the 40/1.8 on it. The FP-1 was my first SLR and mine is having mirror problems. And it's not worth it to me to pay for repair on a camera with no manual controls. So for less than $10 (shipping) I got a working FP-1 and another 40/1.8 to play with. I might pass the Autoreflex TC to someone else interested in film photography (without the 40/1.8!). I'll probably offer the non-working FP-1 for parts.
     
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    So I found my first really good craigslist find today, check out my new little friend.

    [​IMG]

    50 dollars well spent!
     
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    ^ A great find! Hard to come by these days.
     

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