Hexanon AR FL 300mm f6.3
Ok, this lens was on loan. There is next to nothing about it on the net about this. There are a few pictures and comments but thats about it. One person commented that only 10 got into Canada and that was via an order by a division of the Canadian Police. True or not I naturally cant verify, however if its true and only 10 got to Canada how few then would of come into Australia??
Silly me I didnt take any shots of the lens itself however I can say that its quite small and compact. About 7 inches in length and about 560g in weight with a 55mm sized filter thread. The lens came with no tripod mount but that isnt really an issue due to the light weight.
From my limited use, the lens was easy to use which required a lot of twisting to focus which means you can get very accurate focusing, but can be a tedious task if going to and from extremes..
My first view of this lens was at night taking a shot of the moon on a friend's Nex 5N and after seeing the image I commented to him "I think you have a cracker of a lens on your hands here!".
So now that I was able to take a few shots, how is it? Well I would love to say that I need a full day with it to get a better idea (hint hint hehe), but from what I have seen I am impressed at this 70's lens.
F6.3 is really sharp with very pleasing bokeh and if that wasnt enough f8 takes a leap in sharpness again! F11 and higher drops in sharpness progressively but still usable at f11. At f8 it walks over the other 300mm lenses and would be very similar to the 50-200mm maybe even a tad sharper??
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