Cosina has announced the release of its Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28mm f/2.8 SL II S Aspherical lens for Nikon F-mount camera systems. This all-metal manual lens is an homage to Nikon’s film lenses from the 1960s.
Described by Cosina as a wide-angle lens with a sharp image quality from edge to edge. The focusing unit is equipped with a helicoid ring with a long extension which allows it to achieve a minimum focusing distance of 0.15 meters. The lens features seven elements in six groups and uses one double-sided aspherical element.
The company says this lens is designed with nostalgia and functionality in mind, and the multicolored aperture stops and focus markers are akin to the film lenses designed by Nikon from the 1960s and 1970s. That one aesthetic option is a tribute to the SLR interchangeable lenses that were produced by Nikon from 1965 through 1974 that feature a silver rim. Nicknamed “Sakishiro” and “Sakijiro” (“jiro” means black and “shiro” means white in Japanese), both are options for the color of the rim.
The lens, which is fully manual and constructed entirely of metal and glass, consists of seven elements in six groups, including a double-sided aspherical element. Cosina has also included a built-in chip and an Ai coupler to ensure it works with nearly any Nikon camera you put on.
Other features include a nine-blade aperture diaphragm, a 52mm front filter thread, and an aperture range of f/2.8 through f/22. The lens measures 66.3mm in diameter, 32.8mm long, and weighs 255g.
Here sample photos taken with the lens and provided by Cosina:
The Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28mm f/2.8 SL II S Aspherical lens is scheduled to be released in October in Japan for 65,000 yen (about $595) for either the black or silver-rimmed version. The optional lens hood will be sold separately for 5,000 yen (about $45).
No mention was made regarding pricing and availability elsewhere around the globe.
More info on Cosina’s website.