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Cosina CT1EX

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-01-09

Cosina CT1EX

Introduced in 1988.
It was also sold under the name Vivitar V335

Technical info

Lens mount: Pentax K (PK)
Shutter: 1/2000s to 1s + B
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 25 - 1600)
Battery: Two 1.5v SR44 (Only for the light meter)
Flash: Hot shoe (sync 1/125 sec)
Weight: 420g

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Cosina CT1EX


Good viewfinder which is big and bright.
The focus aid system is a little smaller then I have seen on many other cameras.
However this is nothing I found to be a problem.

Left side have three led lights for the light meter.
Two red lights which are formed like a plus, minus and one green round led in the middle.

Focus aid:
Split screen and Microprism

Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.

All mechanical.

Build quality:

Much of the exterior is plastic and some sort of rubber but the interior body is metal.
So it's still has a quite rugged feel and good build quality.
But the exterior can not take much physical abuse.

Look, feel and sound:
Simple but I quite like the look.
The overall feel of the camera is still fairly good despite all the plastic but some things do look and feel a bit cheap.
Buttons and dials also has a nice feel.
This is however a noisy one which is common with fully mechanical SLRs.
But this is not one of the better in that category.


This is not that old camera so no surprise that this is still a very usable one for today's use.
But everything feel to be in its right place.
This is also a small camera but things don't feel so squeezed together.
The light meter is sensitive and works good.


A great camera for those that looking for a all mechanical camera which is still very small and lightweight.
Is usually found very cheap today and it has what you need but nothing else.
However maybe not the best looker in a camera collection.

The 1/2000 shutter is very nice plus but I would liked to have seen a self-timer.
Mostly so you didn't have to use a cable release every time you use a shutter speed which need a tripod.
This also lacks any mirror lock or equivalent but the vibrations from the shutter and mirror are not that bad.

Thumbs up:
Build quality
All mechanical

1/2000 shutter
Small and lightweight

Thumbs down:

Plastic exterior
No self-timer

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