The Pentacon Six System
The History of the Pentacon Six
The Praktisix II
Dates: 1964-1965 (prototypes
An early Praktisix II with a Zeiss Tessar lens that would have been
originally supplied with the original Praktisix camera.
This lens focusses down to a little under 1 meter and stops down to
Note the Ernemann Tower logo on the prism.
Changes from the original Praktisix included:
If you look very hard at the base of the camera throat on
one of these cameras, you may see imprinted within the leatherette beside
the flash socket an “X” to indicate the synchronisation setting.
The camera chassis had been designed to incorporate both “X” and “FP” flash
sync, though the FP option was never implemented with the Praktisix (only
with the “Hanimex Praktica 66”, see below).
détentes for the shutter speed dial, which now clicked
into position for each speed
Modified (claimed to be improved) film transport.
The film guide rails within the camera back have been re-designed,
presumably to improve film flatness.
The advance lever blocking disk that prevents winding on
before firing the shutter has now grown to the standard “pacman” pie shape
of the later cameras.
As with the later Praktisix cameras, a film advance stop
post is now standard on the top of the camera, where the KW logo had been
located on the original camera.
The tripod socket on base of camera is now ¼”.
This picture of the Praktisix was sent to me by the factory in 1981.
It shows that some of the late production Praktisix II cameras now
had the pull-out film spool knobs on the base that became standard with
the Praktisix IIA and subsequent models.
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18 The Praktisix IIA
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