Review Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5

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Review Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5

Review Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5

The lens was also produced under other brands - Tamron, Soligor, Phoenix, Vivitar, etc. in two colors - black and silver. This review presents a lens with a metallic (white, silver) body color for Nikon cameras.

Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5

Side view Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5

Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5 is made in Japan, the build quality is poor, the focus and zoom rings have a slight backlash, and the lens itself is quite light due to the large amount of plastic in the body (about 300 g). The mount is metallic, and the focus and zoom ring is rubberized. When I shot with Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5 on my cameras Nikon D80 и Nikon D700, the cameras recognized it as a lens with a focal length of 20 to 34mm. I already thought that there is no trace of 19mm focal length, and the number '19' itself is a kind of 'bait'. But in reality, the lens has a real 19mm focal length. I found this out when I compared pictures with Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5 and Mir-20M 3,5 / 20 taken from a tripod while focusing the lenses to infinity. Most likely Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5 has problems with the contact chip, which is not uncommon for cheap lenses from third-party manufacturers.

Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5

Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5

A good feature of the lens is very fast auto focus... It's just a pity that the front lens rotates when focusing. For a wide-angle lens, this is a very undesirable moment, since wide-angle lenses are often used for shooting landscapes, where the use of different light filters is in great demand. The focus ring rotates approximately 45 degrees. The MDF is 50 cm. When zooming, the front lens does not rotate, and the lens trunk moves in a wave-like fashion - first it lengthens and then shortens.

Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5

Multi-Enlightenment Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5

To control the value aperture from the camera, you need to install the ring aperture to F / 22 and fix it with a special button (for more details, see the section on Non-G Lenses). Autofocus with the Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5 lens is only available when used on cameras with built-in motor focusing. A list of cameras that support auto focus with AF lenses can be found in the 'Auto focus on Nikon cameras'. Also, this lens does not transmit the focusing distance to the camera and is an analog Non-d lens.


At the end experiment I had to sell this lens, it so happened that I have very few examples of photos from digital cameras:

Original super wide angle lenses:

Nikkor F for SLR cameras:

  1. Nikon 14 mm 1: 2.8D AF
  2. Nikon 16 mm 1: 2.8D Fisheye AF
  3. Nikon 18 mm 1: 2.8D AF
  4. Nikon 20 mm 1:2.8 AF
  5. Nikon 20 mm 1: 2.8D AF
  6. Nikon 20 mm 1: 1.8G N AF S
  7. Nikon 8-15 mm 1: 3.5-4.5E Fisheye AF S
  8. Nikon 14-24 mm 1: 2.8G N AF S
  9. Nikon 16-35 mm 1: 4G VR N AF S
  10. Nikon 17-35 mm 1: 2.8D AF S
  11. Nikon 18-35 mm 1: 3.5-4.5D AF
  12. Nikon 18-35 mm 1: 3.5-4.5G AF S
  13. Nikon 20-35 mm 1: 2.8D AF

Nikkor Z for mirrorless cameras:

  1. Nikon 20 mm 1:1.8 S
  2. Nikon 14-24 1:2.8 S
  3. Nikon 14-30 mm 1:4 S
  4. Nikon 17-28 mm 1:2.8

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The Cosina MC 19-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5 is a very budget wide-angle lens for full-frame cameras. On Nikon FX cameras, the 19mm focal lengths give stunning frame coverage. I do not recommend using this lens on Nikon DX cameras, for them it is better to use a regular stock lens of the class 18-55/3,5-5,6. The lens is quite sharp, especially on covered apertures, but it suffers noticeably from chromatic aberrations and vignetting on open apertures. The distortion for such a wide-angle lens was within the normal range, which pleasantly surprised me. Also, the lens holds back light well.

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