Analog Therapy Two-fer Part 2: Konica Hexar RF – 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25 – Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400. Aka Impatience+Insecurity=Imperfection.

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Preamble. (Cut and paste from Part 1.)

The camera is great.

Konica Hexar RF

The lens is great.


Great for sure adapting to digital Sony.

A7c/7Artisans 75mm f/1.25 MF

Based on past narrow base length rangefinder experience it seems a bit hit or miss with M mount film. Here is a hit with the Leica CL.

Leica CL - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25 - Rollei RPX 400

But I did not find this combination to be consistent. Thought it might be because of the relatively small Leica CL effective base length I hear speak of. Thought it might be down to trying to focus a fast, short tele lens with a rangefinder in general. For this reason, I was timid when briefly testing this lens with the Hexar initially. There were more hits than misses.


But did not repeat the near no miss success I found at 50mm and f/1.1…

Konica Hexar RF
Konica Hexar RF and 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1
Cinestill 50D

…and 28mm and f/5.6.

TTArtisan M 28mm F5.6
TTArtisans 28mm f/5.6.
Konica Hexar RF - TTArtisans 28mm f/5.6

I cannot be sure whether it is the actual pairing…

Sony A7C - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25

…or my internal reservations based on past experience but I was not entirely sold on this combination.

Have not written it off yet because I am not entirely sure if it has to do more with equipment or past experience bias driven user error. Not really bothered either way because even though this is an M mount lens I would be perfectly happy using it adapted to Sony (below) or other mirrorless cameras.


But it would be nice to use it as originally intended as well.

Sidebar: Just to add to the fun I am also pushing the limits of df96 and CS41 reuse. Normally I would replace the chemistry for both sooner, but after re-reading the instructions I decided to push things further than I am usually comfortable with. Both are now weeks old. These rolls reached 9 with df96 and 12 with CS41. May replace them before developing my next rolls.

Topic at hand.

Wanted to run a quick roll or two through a camera as a stress reliever. May have done the opposite by using this lens and camera. To make sure I stuck with the plan I only brought the one lens and camera. I may have missed my own memo about this being a stress relieving exercise by setting up so many potential obstacles. Had Cinesetill BWXX in it already so that was an easy choice. Brought a second roll of film as well, Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400. Initially had not planned to shoot two rolls but that is exactly what happened.

As the sun set I had the bright idea to pivot to Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400.

Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400

Capturing the pretty colors of the sunset was my reasoning. In hindsight, I would likely have been better served transitioning to the roll of T-Max 3200 I also had on me… Forward. As usual, developed at home with Cinestill CS41.

Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400

Burned the roll in nearby Durham. I will admit that there were quite a few misses. Even more so with this second roll since the temperature was dropping along with the sun. I cannot blame the camera or lens. I had a hard time slowing down. A necessity for me when using rangefinders usually. Especially needed when sporting a 75mm f/1.25 lens. I also admit that I was haunted by the ghosts of exposures lost in the past which caused me to second guess myself. Rushing and second guessing? A terrible combination. Just to pile on I also chose to shoot at dusk which made contrast elusive at times. So I cannot blame the gear. User error is now the issue. At first, I was very hard on myself when the scans started coming through. But then I realized something. Who cares?

  • Already had the film. Was developing and scanning the film myself so that did not cost me anything. As a result…
  • Taking, developing, and scanning the film was as therapeutic as if all of them had come out, minus my unnecessary hand wringing.
  • I did get out of the house, and did some walking.
  • As an added bonus after donating to a gentleman with a good back story at the ready, he serenaded me with a song of his own imaging. What it lacked in polish was made up for with intensity. I thanked him, bid him good evening, and went on with my task.
  • There was no “job”, customer, or even project involved. If none came out that would be fine.

Had momentarily considered trashing the lot and not sharing any, but I got over myself. Viewed through the lens of perspective above I found appreciation for the images. Below I will share those that came out pretty much as expected and those happy surprises that film is so capable of providing. Could have shared more and may do so in the future. But these are the ones I settled upon for now. 9 frames.

Konica Hexar RF - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
Konica Hexar RF - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
Konica Hexar RF - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
Konica Hexar RF - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
Konica Hexar RF - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
Konica Hexar RF - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
Konica Hexar RF - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
Konica Hexar RF - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
Konica Hexar RF - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25

I definitely should have gone with the T-Max 3200. If I am honest I let the setting and the price when purchased convince me otherwise. Things change. Bought the X-Tra 400 3 pack at a steal of a price from my local camera shop. Kodak T-Max P3200 was more. But I now see that the 3 Pack jumped up a lot and a X-Tra single roll is more than T-Max as of this writing. If this has not sorted itself out by the time that I run out of my current stash I will have some thinking to do if the prices have not come down… Pfft. Look at me talking about logic and film photography. Who am I kidding? None of this makes any sense. I will still buy it. Anyhoo.

Will I use this lens more often with film in the future? Probably not. Not for any fault of this lens. I just enjoy using the other lenses more.

In the future, I will work on cutting the gear and myself some slack.

Happy capturing.


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