Medium Format Lenses with the Pentacon Six Mount
A comparative test
by TRA

Introduction

This test compares a wide selection of lenses in the Pentacon Six mount from:

For comparison purposes, three Carl Zeiss Oberkochen (former West Germany) lenses were included in the test.  These were mounted on a Hasselblad 500C manufactured in 1967.  It appears probable that the lenses were manufactured in the same year as the camera.

Also included in the test are four 2× converters: Panagor, Arsenal and Joseph Schneider (on the Pentacon Six / Exakta 66 / Kiev 60) and Vivitar on the Hasselblad.

 This image shows examples of most of the East German Carl Zeiss and Pentacon lenses designed for the Pentacon Six.


[C309-37: A comprehensive Pentacon Six outfit:
On the left: the 1000mm mirror lens.  At the back: the 500mm Pentacon lens
On the first camera on the left: the 50mm Flektogon.  On the middle camera: the 80mm Biometar.
On the right-hand camera: the 120mm Biometar.
To the right: the 300mm Pentacon lens (at the back) and the 300mm Sonnar lens in front of it.
In the front: a camera strap, the 65mm Flektogon, the focus slide for the bellows, then the 180mm Sonnar.]

As I only tested the lenses to which I had access at the time(!), some lenses were not included in the original test: the 40mm Joseph Schneider Curtagon (if it exists!), various shift and shift/tilt lenses with focal lengths 45mm/55mm/65mm from Joseph Schneider, Arsenal, Hartblei and other sources, the 65mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon, the 80mm f/2.8 Joseph Schneider Xenotar, the 120mm f/2.8 Arsenal Vega and the 250mm f/5.6 Arsenal Telear.

September 2005: The results of tests of some of these lenses are now included, including the 40mm Schneider Curtagon.  I plan to add the results of tests of further lenses early in 2006, D.V.

I have no access to lenses with the Pentacon Six mount from Kilfitt or other manufacturers.

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