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12-18-2008, 04:19 PM   #1
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Cosina F1.2 for $195?

I seen this lens on Feabay today. How good is this lens? Has anyone tried one? Looks interesting.


Pentax K mount 55mm 1.2 Cosina Tomioka OEM - eBay (item 280295665301 end time Dec-21-08 05:17:01 PST)

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12-18-2008, 04:56 PM   #2
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I'm quite new, and already I've seen 3 or 4 threads about this lens posted here :P It must be quite popular.
12-18-2008, 06:17 PM   #3
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I love my "Big Eye" lens. I am someone who sell wonderful lens shorter than a month of ownership. I love to change gear often but I keep lens that are unique enough that if you see it in my camera gear for longer over a month, it is my definite keeper for a good reason.

I tested my copy with both K10D and K20D. The gain of speed in f/1.2 is very usable and soft bokeh is pleasing to me in wide open and f/2.0 is absolute joy to use. It is not a replacement for your normal 50mm prime as it is MF and it does not have 'A' aperture.

More of my thoughts and test images in indoor, night time and day time shooting:
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hope you got this as i'd really like to see it in action

12-18-2008, 09:00 PM   #5
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Lots of sample shots and comments here:

I like mine. A touch soft wide open (to be expected) but a very usable lens at all stops. Well built.

Last edited by Peter Zack; 12-18-2008 at 09:08 PM.

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