K-mount bayonet for its lenses. It represents an advancement from its predecessors, the CT-1 and CT-1A, with an upgraded top shutter speed of 1/2000 second and a newly designed plastic handgrip. Operating with a mechanical, vertically-traveling metal shutter, the camera does not rely on batteries; however, two SR44 or LR44 cells power the match-LED meter circuit.
Flash synchronization occurs at 1/125 sec. Before a half-press on the shutter release activates the exposure-indicator LEDs, the film-advance lever must be pulled slightly outward from the camera body, a feature aimed at preserving meter battery life when the camera is stored in a carrying case.
Notably, the CT1 Super does not include a depth-of-field preview function, but its impressive shutter specifications and inclusion of a self-timer may make it a more adaptable choice for novice or student SLR users compared to the renowned Pentax K1000.
An alternate version of the CT1 Super, distinguishable by a more streamlined pentaprism housing and a superscript star after the model name on the front panel, exists. However, functional differences between the versions are not apparent.
The Cosina CT1G shares similar styling, especially in the handgrip area, and is documented in the same owner's manual. Nevertheless, the CT1G's maximum shutter speed is restricted to 1/1000 second, akin to the CT-1A, and it lacks the self-timer feature of the "Super" variant. Additionally, there are known variations of the CT1G with taller or flatter pentaprism housings.
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