Lens' - whats the big deal?

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  1. itsboyte

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    So I just bought my first digital SLR last week and I am truly trying to figure out the difference between lens'. I haven't found anything anywhere that proves that Cosina is awful and Canon Lens are the greatest, or vis versa.

    Can anyone tell me why theres such a huge jump in prices from $39 for a Cosina to $300 for something 'better'? What's 'better' about it?
     
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    First of all I never heard of Cosina.

    That's your answer.

    Sigma, Tamron = Decent alternatives
     
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    It's rather the same about asking what is the difference between a Kia and a Mercedes Benz.

    They are both cars, they will both basically get you where you need to go... but there is a huge difference in the quality of the ride to get there.

    Canon lenses are more expensive because they are better than Cosina lenses. Better materials, better build quality, better quality control, and better design.

    Lens quality is of the highest importance in photography because EVERYTHING you do depends on it.

    Are the Cosina lenses any good? Haven't a clue, they may be the greatest thing since hot butter... but... Canon lenses (in general, although there are a few exceptions) are outstanding.
     
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    You will learn as I have, when it comes to lenses, you really do get what you pay for.
     
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    Let's put it this way:

    There's this place called Walmart. It has a lot of "store brands". These things are generally a lot cheaper than comprable things by a "real name brand".

    The real name brand is of a better quality, but costs more.

    If one isn't loaded, then Walmart can be a very good thing. Just don't expect much when it was made by a starving, 7 year-old Chinese boy.
     
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    I have not heard of the brand Cosina, but found an interesting article in wikipedia

    Quoted from wikipedia:

    "Cosina made again a jump into notoriety in the photography world by manufacturing for Zeiss their six new ZF lenses for Nikon mount. ZF is a new range of interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, both analog and digital. ZF lenses bring the highly acclaimed Carl Zeiss image quality to the Nikon SLR camera system, which has been the preferred equipment of millions of professional and ambitious amateur photographers for decades."
     
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    None of you have heard of Cosina?

    Wow, not a lotta film shooters.
    See also, Voigtlander.
     
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    Yes, I am just a beginner. so I never heard of that name. I did some search, someone said on the net it is the biggest lens maker. They make lens for other major brands such as tokina, Tamron, Vivitar, Voigtlander, Soligo ... And also make Nikon FM10 camera ... interesting.
     
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    Unfortunatly you are going to realize rather quickly $300 doesn't get you a quality lens either (excluding a couple lenes)
     
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    Cosina also manufactures the Nikon FM-10 film camera.
     
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    Cosina can manufacture some top quality lenses.

    But then I dare say Rolls Royce could manufacture a Trabant if you gave them the drawings. :lol:
     

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