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Cosina K-mount camera for cheap on eBay
Posted By: ChopperCharles, 01-28-2013, 08:21 AM

Cosina C1S SLR w 35 70mm F3 5 4 8 Zoom Lens Uses Pentax K Mount Lenses | eBay

I have one of these, branded Dakota, which was the Wolf Camera in-house brand apparently.
The camera is pretty solid. It has a split-prism, a huge bright viewfinder, and a really REALLY nice metering system with LED indicators. The metering only activates on a half-press of the shutter button. It works with all M lenses, but as it's a full manual camera it won't work with DA lenses. It has a self timer, but no mirror lockup. It also works with vintage Pentax remote cables. Nice metal tripod screw too.

After using a K1000 for a while, I sold it in favor of this camera. The K1000 is all metal and has much better build quality.... but the viewfinder and meter stink. The meter battery continues to meter through the viewfinder, so unless the camera is kept in a dark bag the battery will drain in a week. Even if it is kept in a bag, the battery will still drain. I never knew when I pulled it out whether I'd have to replace the battery. It had some light leaks too, which were going to be expensive to fix, no self-timer, and I had a hell of a time focusing with it. The viewfinder on the K1000 doesn't have a split prism, so I could never nail focus perfectly.

So yeah, I have a non-pentax K-mount film camera. I did pay like $20 for it though, and even though the build quality isn't there, if I destroy it I won't care and it's just SO much easier to use.

That being said, you'd be better off buying a used autofocus body for $20, but if you want a brand new manual camera this is one I actually really enjoy using. (I always felt I was fighting the K1000, this camera just feels right in comparison)

Also, the lens that it comes with is surprisingly not half bad, for a kit lens. It's reasonably sharp, and very light.

Charles.
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