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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:09 pm    Post subject: Some info on CPC Reply with quote

Hi All
There are a lot of cpc zooms available secondhand in my neighbourhood
Were they made by cpc (combined products corporation ) or are they re-branded, they can be picked up very cheaply ... maybe worth a try ?

Any info or experience , will be welcome
Thanks in advance!
Daniel


PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea, I expect real garbage..


PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is an image.. waiting for my eos/pk adapter ,so no test possible yet


PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think CPC was yet another merchants trademark.

What are the specs on that thing ?


PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Several CPC Phase 2 lenses were actually made by Pentax. However, these were not multicoated. Check out this link for more information:

http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/lenses/zooms/_non-SMC/index.html


PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

Strangely, CPC lenses are listed on the Bojidar Dimitrov site as beeing Pentax lenses (both zooms and primes) but without the SMC coating ...

For a complete reference, browse to http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/lenses/index.html#data, then select the "Lenses without Super Multi-Coating" entries for a reference on CPC lenses ...

BTW, may ask you were is your neighborhood Wink ?

Hope this helps

Best regards


PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CPC or Cosmicar really was a subsidiary of Pentax.

Some of the CPC lenses such as the 70-210/4 are actually exactly the same as the highly-rated Pentax versions, but without the SMC coating (they were still multicoated though).

Other CPC lenses however were simplified versions (less elements/groups) and not really good performers. However I do not think there are any CPC primes, so with very rare exceptions (e.g. the 70-210/4) most the CPC zooms were of middling quality. But if you can get one for $20 then go for it..


PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luisalegria wrote:
I think CPC was yet another merchants trademark.

What are the specs on that thing ?

This one has written on it "CPC AUTO ZOOM 60 - 300mm CCT 1 :4.0 -5.6 MC and the filter diameter is 62mm and is early to mid 1980's vintage (purchased with a spotless pentax a3 and tokina atx 50-250 zoom for $30 Very Happy )


PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

indianadinos wrote:
Hello,

Strangely, CPC lenses are listed on the Bojidar Dimitrov site as beeing Pentax lenses (both zooms and primes) but without the SMC coating ..

BTW, may ask you were is your neighborhood Wink ?

Hope this helps

Best regards


Mosselbay South Africa , about 400km east of Capetown Shocked
I think this lens was made long after pentax seized making the single coated lenses, or were they still made in the eighties ?
Daniel


PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

many cosmicar and takumar-A lenses are in fact mid-80s vintage. pentax didn't make low-end mechanics in the 1970s and earlier Razz


PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guy's for valuable info...much apreciated ! Very Happy
Daniel


PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And what about CPC AF lenses? who made them?


PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CuriousOne wrote:
And what about CPC AF lenses? who made them?

Both 28-70 f3.5-4.5 and 70-210 f4-5.6 are made by Samyang. Are there any reward for answering your question?


PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, it's interesting.

If they can make AF lenses, why currently they produce non-af ones?


PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CuriousOne wrote:
Thanks, it's interesting.

If they can make AF lenses, why currently they produce non-af ones?

You should ask Samyang and let us know the reason.


PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think about it.
They can make a good manual lens for much less than an AF lens.
Especially because they don't have to integrate AF with so many different brands AF.
Their market is specialized lenses at low cost.


PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked up a CPC 28mm, F2.8 Macro today with a box of various stuff. It's definitely multi-coated and says Made in Korea. I'm guessing Samyang. Canon FD mount - so 1983-ish? Also the lens barrel says that it's 1:4 macro.

Here's a quick photo I took with it and my NEX-5N, handheld in fading light. It's a tad blurry (from me most likely) but I like the color detail.