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Manufactured in Japon from 1980 until 0.
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Cosina CT-1A

Traduction de Alphonse Khuu

Nothing very interesting at first sight in this simple SLR but effective with the Pentax K mount: manual exposure mode only available (the user chooses the aperture on the lens, the shutter speed on the body and the camera indicates in the viewfinder the exposure by 3 diodes: overexposed, under-exposed or exposure), TTL exposure metering at full aperture, mechanical self-timer and that's just it. Note that the shutter is entirely mechanical and provides without the battery a shutter speed of 1/1000 per sec (plus B position, 1/125 flash sync, which is fairly well for a camera described as a bottom-end).
More interesting, however, is the story of the body: it was also sold under the names of Hanimex DR-1, Petri GX-1, Soligor SC-1, Exacta HS-1 and Miranda MS-1!
Besides, Cosina, used to working under contract for other brands, has recycled it under many dresses, with a few cosmetic changes: Canon T-60, Nikon FM-10, and Olympus OM-2000, to quote only the most famous examples, are produced by Cosina based on the same body.
And when Cosina takes out again from the cupboard the Voigtländer brand with its Bessa, guess what is the body Cosina will use (nevertheless brought to the 1/2000 per sec !) until the Epson R-D1, digital rangefinder with the Leica screw mount, released in 2004, also produced by Cosina, which incorporates the same basis. It seems still and all that the latest variants of the Bessa were a little different from the original shutter, but 20 years of production for a shutter used in more than a dozen different models, it is a good result in terms of industrial design.
This camera is also equipped with an ergonomic embossing and has no self-timer. It is called then the CT-1 G.