Vintage camera collection – Cosina CT-1

This is a short pictorial review of a simple 35mm SLR made by Cosina, the ct-1 fitted with a 50mm Cosinon-s f/2.0 lens.

This camera is a long distance from some of my favourite 35mm cameras like the Topcon series I own, my Miranda Fv or the Pentax spotmatic. It is a cheap and cheerful low end entry camera which would perhaps be the first SLR a photographer bought. It reminds me of my Petri MF-1 (which was the second SLR I bought – although the first new SLR I bought) and the spec and feature set of the camera actually matches the Petri quite closely.

This camera was also made for a variety of other camera manufacturers by Cosina. For example the Miranda MS-1 (when the real Miranda camera company had gone bust and Miranda was a badge used by Dixons), the Canon T60, the Ricoh KR-10 super and some others including as far as I can tell from pictures, the Petri GX-1 and Petri CT-1! In fact if you compare the pictures above with the Ricoh KR-10 super pictures you can see the similarity.

The unit I have has a Pentax K Mount lens mount and is fitted with a Cosinon 50mm f/2.0 lens. The lens is also a fairly cheap entry level unit with a plastic mount and sticky aperture blades. I’ve taken it apart and got it working once but it stopped soon after so there is some underlying issue within the unit. I suspect that it’s probably not worth the effort to fix it but I may simply for the experience.

My example only cost me about £5 and would need some work on the light seals as well as the lens, but it’s a classic camera which formed the basis of so many other cameras that I’m happy to have it in my collection

  • Cosina CT-1 35mm SLR
  • 1sec to 1/1000sec + B
  • Shutter lock when advance lever pushed into body
  • 1600 – 25 ASA meter setting
  • Hot show accessory socket
  • 10 sec self timer
  • Match needle metering
  • Centre viewfinder focusing aid
  • K-Mount lens
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