The Kobalux story

The Kobalux wide-angle lenses were produced from 1981 to 2002 by Avenon Kohki (Y.K. Optical), a company started by the chief lens designer, Abe-san, who was instrumental in Sankyō Kōki K.K. (三協光機㈱) legendary Komura / Komuranon lenses.

True to Barnack's ideals, the Kobalux/Avenon lenses are compact in size, lightweight and optically excellent.

Kobalux/Avenon wide angle ƒ3,5/28mm lens

Kobalux Wide ƒ3,5/28mm lens

The Kobalux Wide ƒ3,5/28mm lens was sold as Avenon, Pasoptik, Bower, Adorama and is one of the most compact 28mm wide-angle lens for rangefinder cameras, featuring excellent optical performance, sharpness, tonal character and minimal distortion across the frame.

Originally made in 1981 in chrome with distinctive round focusing tab, a six-blade diaphragm and minimal focus to 1 meter. The second generation, or "M-series", was sold in black with a silver rim. It has a crescent-shaped focusing tab, an eight-blade diaphragm, grip tabs on the aperture ring and minimal focus to 0.75 meter.

Kobalux/Avenon super wide angle ƒ2,8/21mm lens

Kobalux Super Wide ƒ2,8/21mm lens

the Kobalux / Avenon Super Wide ƒ2,8/21mm lens was sold under several different names. In Japan it was called Avenon, in North America usually Kobalux, and it seems that it was also sold in United Kingdom as Pasoptik and possibly under other names.

Y.K. Optical also produced 21mm viewfinder for the Super Wide ƒ2,8/21mm lens. Sometimes the viewfinder was included with the lens and sometimes it was not. At least in Japan, the Millennium Edition was sold without viewfinder, while the lens always came with a small metal hood.

When mounted on a camera, the lens protrudes deeply into the camera body. Because of this, it cannot be mounted on some cameras, notably on Canon series V cameras, Canon series VI cameras (Canon P, etc.), and Canon 7. On these late Canon Leica Screw Mount bodies the lens would hit the camera's internal light shield.

Kobalux Compatibility list