New: Kinoshita Kistar 35mm f/1.4 lens


One and a half years after the Kinoshita Kistar 55mm f/1.2, the Japanese company Kinoshita Kogaku Kenkyujyo has a new lens - the Kistar 35mm f/1.4. A few specifications (the lens was officially announced last year):

  • original optical formula (the 55mm f/1.2 was based on a lens from the past, the Auto Tominon 55mm f/1.2 from the 1970s)
  • 8 elements in 6 groups, including one aspherical element and a floating system
  • filter diameter: 58mm
  • dimensions: 64.5mm (max. diameter) x 76.5mm (length)
  • weight:  420g
  • ¥169.100 (incl. 8% VAT), i.e. around $1,400.

Some sample photos can be found here. Additional marketing material including pictures:

Here are both Kinoshita Kistar lenses side by side:

Via DC.watch (translation), thanks Mistral75!

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  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    They look suspiciously like old Contax Zeiss lenses, and they actually are made for Contax/Yashica mount today? Ok, I just read the comments on your previous post about their 55/1.2, these are indeed just reborn Kyocera designs.

    • Mistral75

      The Kinoshita Kistar 55mm f/1.2 is based on the Auto Tominon from the ’70s but the Kistar 35mm f/1.4 enjoys an original optical formula which includes an aspherical element and ED glass.

  • Marc P.

    Way too expensive – and i believe, this Lens does have Singlecoating only, just like their 55/1.2 Lens Design. So, into the End – a true Carl Zeiss 35/1.4 MM Lens is not only quite better optically (T* – means T-Star) famous Multicoating, but also being way cheaper 2nd Hand.

    These Samples doesn’t win me, could also being done with many MF lenses from the 70-80s Era.

  • Spy Black

    This kind of stuff I think is aimed at well-heeled Japanese photography enthusiasts.

  • Max

    If you can comfortably pronounce “Kinoshita Kogaku Kenkyujyo”, people will think you’re a real cool cat.

  • People are going nuts over 2nd hand vintage Tomiokas.
    So… it’s always a fun idea to bring back something classic.

    Just… not sure there’s much to it here… at 1400 bucks.

    Sorta same thing with the Optik Meyer Görlitz schtuff, although, that’s just a hipster thing marketing gimmick, this actually looks pretty decent. ‘They don’t make ’em like they used to anymore’, well… maybe some still do. Still a hard sell, but I wish them the best of luck.

    Zenit is still in the business of making quality lenses. But opposed to the others, they actually approach it with realistic/somewhat attractive pricing.

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