Kistar 85mm f / 1.4 is a new manual lens from the Japanese producer Kinoshita. The parameters are similar to many other glasses on the market, and the price is not lower. So what does this lens offer?
Kinoshita is a Japanese manufacturer dealing in photographic optics. Currently, he has two lenses on his account, and together with the Kistar 85mm f / 1.4 lens he presents, his offer includes three models. The manufacturer's glasses are characterized by the fact that they are fixed with popular focal and bright light. To date, Kinoshita has presented two models: Kistar 35mm f / 1.4 and Kistar 55mm f / 1.2. Especially the latter model is interesting, because at the focal length characteristic of portrait glasses it offers exceptionally bright light. The f / 1.2 aperture can provide really nice bokeh. Now the third model of the manufacturer – Kistar 85mm f / 1.4 appears on the market.
Bright manual lens
Kinoshita Kistar 85mm f / 1.4 is a slightly longer lens but still characterized by bright light. Its optical construction consists of 6 elements placed in 5 groups . The lens of the blades from a distance of 80 centimeters and weighs, note, 542 grams. It's more than many modern mirrorless cameras. Similar parameters are even much cheaper Samyang – both in terms of photographic capabilities and weight.The manufacturer ensures that the quality of the optics will guarantee nice and sharp images already on the full hole. Of course, we must remember that at such focal length and aperture the focus range is very narrow. This means that sometimes sharp eyes will cause the nose to be slightly blurred. Let us also add that the lens does not have autofocus , so we sharpen manually with the ring.
Lens for Contax and Yashica
Parameters do not seem to stand out from the model – 85 mm focal length and f / 1.4 aperture is a popular duo, and on the market you will find many cheaper models, including manual Samyang or Neweer. Cheaper, because for Kinoshita Kistar 85mm f / 1.4 we will pay, in PLN, almost 5,000. PLN Where does the cosmic price of an ordinary lens come from? The answer can be found in the lens mount. The model does not have any of the currently popular mounts found in SLRs or mirrorless cameras. It was produced for two fastening systems – Contax and Yashica. Many of you probably have not heard about them.Contax is German and Yashica is a Japanese brand of cameras. In both cases we deal with producers who have been present on the market for several dozen years. However, they have never gained global popularity. However, they still produce new models, although they are even more niche brands than Leica . Because they were involved in the production of manual cameras at a time when producers were switching to a digit. Currently on the market you can find, for example, the Contax and Yashica models. Pretty hipsters, pretending to be analog. Generally, it is difficult to find many models of producers on the market. I wonder why someone manufactures lenses for these fastening systems. Of course, using the adapter, manual lenses can be attached to any mirrorless on the market. However , the high price still remains a problem , which is cosmic even if good glass parameters are taken into account. These are still manual lenses.