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Cosina CT1 Super

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-10-20

Cosina CT1 Super

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 or equivalent
Flash: Flash hot shoe (sync 1/125 sec)
Weight: 415g


Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Cosina CT1 Super


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 but the body is metal.
The self-timer was unfortunately defektiv on my copy but I don't know if that's a common problem.

Operating the camera feels quite good.
Mostly it is nice and solid but some of the exterior is a little plasticky and feels cheap.
It also feels quite good in your hands and buttons and levers are well placed.
The little extra grip feels very natural for my hands but for most small camera it might not work as well if you have big hands.
Overall it's not too bad.

It's noisy just like the other similar Cosina cameras I have tested.

Shutter and mirror vibrations:
A little noticeable vibrations but nothing to bad.
This is also a very light camera which makes it easier to notice this.
For longer exposures it do have its self-timer which picks up the mirror before  releasing the shutter.
No mirror lock but it's the next best thing.


It is very simple and all manual but still have what most users might need in a camera like this.
That is not more than a good light meter and shutter speeds that covers most use.
A self-timer is also always welcome so you might not need a cable release for exposures up to 1s.

So yes this can be a very usable camera for those that prefer things like this.
Can also be a good backup house with its small size and weight.


A very nice camera which is small, lightweight, easy to use and has a good viewfinder.
This camera matches more or less everything I like to see in my cameras.
Do prefer a all metal body but that is also heavier and I don't mind some plastic exterior when it's a 415g camera.

The camera enthusiasts that's looking
for more tank like equipment might not like this one.
But those that wants cheap but still good gear will probably like this very much.

Thumbs up:
uild quality on the body and mechanics
Size and Lightweight
All mechanical
Value for the money

Thumbs down:

Some parts are quite plasticky and feels cheap

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