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Kinoshita Optical - KISTAR 55/1.2, 35/1.4 & 85/1.4
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Kinoshita Optical - KISTAR 55/1.2, 35/1.4 & 85/1.4 Reply with quote

It seems some of the employees of this company had relation with Kyocera and Tomioka. All these lenses are made in Contax/Yashica mount. The 55/1.2 is a resurrection of Tomioka while the other two seems closely related to the Contax/Yashica counterpart.

http://kinoshita-optical.com/ready/kistar

Samples:
http://kinoshita-optical.com/kistar

More Samples from mapcamera:
https://news.mapcamera.com/KASYAPA.php?itemid=28698&catid=246
https://news.mapcamera.com/KASYAPA.php?itemid=30237&catid=246
https://news.mapcamera.com/KASYAPA.php?itemid=31129&catid=246


PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks quite interesting indeed! Are there prices known already?

Just disappointed with the blown out portrait images they posted...

Found it, here:
85mm f1.4 http://kinoshita-optical.com/ready/kistar_85mm_f1-4
55mm f1.2 http://kinoshita-optical.com/ready/kistar_55mm_f1-2
35mm f1.4 http://kinoshita-optical.com/ready/kistar_35mm_f1-4

MTF does not look really impressive for the 55m though...


PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can find the price here too, in Japan Yen.

https://www.mapcamera.com/search?keyword=%E6%9C%A8%E4%B8%8B%E5%85%89%E5%AD%A6%E7%A0%94%E7%A9%B6%E6%89%80%20&igngkeyword=1

55mm, ¥99,380
35mm, ¥144,980
85mm, ¥133,400
All price include 8% sales tax. If ship aboard, it will be tax free. ¥10,000 is roughly equals to $90.

They are not making very sharp lenses, as you would expect from their old counterpart. The original Tomioka 55/1.2 is OK at WO(I have one) so does this 55/1.2.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet they don't move too many units at those prices.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. However, I don't think they are going to make a profit from these lenses similar to the lenses made by MS-Optics.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An unfortunate, if appropriate brand name...