As its name suggests, the lens features a vintage design and is made entirely of metal, including the aperture and focus ring, both of which forgo the usual knurled design for a lever-style grip. The lens is constructed of nine elements in eight groups, including a single low-dispersion element (new to the Type II lens) and a single aspherical element.
|Comparison photographs of the Type I lens compared to the new Type II lenses.|
Other features include a ten-blade aperture diaphragm, a minimum focusing distance of 50cm (19.7”) and a 39mm front filter thread. The lens measures 52mm (2”) in diameter, 30mm (1.2”) long and weighs 220g (7.8oz), 40g (1.4oz) more than its ‘Type I’ predecessor.
Below is a small sample gallery of images, provided by Cosina:
No definitive release date has been provided for the Color-Skopar Vintage Line 21mm F3.5 Aspherical Type II, but Digital Camera Info has reported it will be available in December 2021 for around $750. It will come in both silver and black colorways. For comparison, the current Type I version of this lens currently retails for $700.
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