Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
08-27-2016, 08:45 AM   #1
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: May 2015
Location: Hampshire
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 841
Cosina cameras and lenses, impressive in parts?

I have 3 Cosina cameras, all with Cosinon 50mm K mount lenses that I wanted to try on my Pentax digital SLRs.
The history of Cosina seems to encompass some highs and lows with their lens efforts, including top name brands as well as the "cheap" end.
The lenses are;
MC COSINON-2 50mm F:1.7
COSINON-S 50mm F:2 (not multicoated?)
COSINON AUTO SQ 50mm F:2 (not multicoated?)


2 of the 3 lenses had oil on the blades and would not stop down but exercising the elbow linkage has freed them up...for a while anyway.


None of these lenses seem to be in the same league as the Pentax-M 50mm F:1.7(or the Rikenon F:2) for image quality.
Have these lenses just been made for the cheap end of the market?


Have Cosina made any Cosinon branded 50mm k mount primes that do compare?


The Cosinon-T 135mm F:3.5 seems to be quite competitive with other 135mm lenses for a cheap lens.


I should point out that all 3 cameras work (after cleaning out the battery compartment on 1 of them) and seem quite reasonable in comparison to other brands, unlike the 2 ME Supers that I have been unable to get to drop down their mirrors.


One more question;
do the suffix on the lens mean....W for wide, S for standard, Z for zoom and T for telephoto?

08-27-2016, 02:25 PM   #2
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Nagoya
Posts: 577
The 135mm is definitely the best of the primes, and some of the zooms are good - I've got a 28-70 somewhere that always surprises me when I get it out. The letter suffixes are indeed wide, standard, zoom and tele. Most of them were for the cheap end of the market and many were made for rebranding - a huge amount of Vivitar stuff, for example, is Cosina made. The other stand out lens for me is the Cosinon-W 24mm f2.8, which is a very good wide angle and was available in KA mount.

As for the cameras, they're pretty standard K-mount fare. The one that stands out for me is the CT1 Super, which is a fully manual body but with shutter speeds up to 1/2000s. It's incredibly light and small and you can buy one for less than your lunch.

Of course, these days Cosina are mostly producing their much more posh Voigtlander and Zeiss stuff.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
135mm, 50mm, cameras, cosina, cosina cameras, cosinon, lens, lenses
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Idea I had - ebay Pentax parts cameras/lenses listings. pathdoc Pentax Film SLR Discussion 0 08-13-2016 03:57 AM
Reconditioned cameras and lenses on Woot konraDarnok Pentax Price Watch 88 06-18-2015 04:16 PM
Old lenses and newer cameras. Tighelander Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 15 04-28-2015 08:08 AM
Awesome animations on how cameras and lenses work interested_observer General Photography 3 01-31-2015 11:42 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:12 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top