The Pentacon Six System
by TRA

Lens Data Summary


Users of the Pentacon Six and the cameras derived from it have at their disposal a range of lenses unequalled by any other medium format camera.  What we now know as the Pentacon Six lens mount was introduced on the Praktisix, which was first manufactured in 1956 by Kamerawerke Niedersedlitz, East Germany.  As the camera was further developed, in 1967 it acquired a new name: the Pentacon Six.  Cameras with the "Pentacon Six" lens mount have therefore been continuously manufacted and distributed throughout the world for over fifty years.

Such has been the popularity of this range of cameras that a number of independent manufacturers have made (and in some cases still do make!) lenses with this mount.  As I have tried to produce a "complete" listing, I keep uncovering further lenses that were at least advertised in the Pentacon Six mount.  In addition to this, there have no doubt been many "custom" adaptions of lenses to the Pentacon Six mount, most of them probably rarely or never offered for sale.  This listing is therefore bound to be incomplete.

I welcome information on other lenses that have been or are available in the Pentacon Six mount, particularly if they are not one-offs.

Meanwhile, here is a summary of the data on the principal lenses, grouped by source, together with further information and reviews of some lenses.
 
East German lenses made for the Pentacon Six

       Dates of manufacture, calculation dates and design variations in Zeiss lenses

       How the country of origin of East German lenses was specified

Russian and Ukrainian lenses made for the Kiev 60

Joseph Schneider lenses made for the Exakta 66

       Further information on 80mm lenses for the Exakta 66

Astro lenses in the Praktisix/Pentacon Six mount

Dallmeyer lenses in the Praktisix/Pentacon Six mount

A lens from Enna in the Praktisix/Pentacon Six mount

Hartblei

       The Hartblei 2 converter

       The Hartblei 150mm lens

       Hartblei & Arsat shift & shift/tilt lens data 
      (This now links to shift lens data; the original link to shift lens tests is here.)

Ivanichek Petzvar

Kilfitt/Zoomar lenses in the Pentacon Six mount  

      The 90mm Macro-Kilar / Makro-Kilar

       The 170-320mm Zoomar zoom lens

       The Kilfitt Pan-Tele Kilar 300mm lens    

       The 500mm Kilfitt/Zoomar Sport-Reflectar lens

Novoflex lenses in the Pentacon Six mount

       The 240mm Noflexar lens

      The 500mm Tele-Noflexar lens

Rodenstock Imagon

Wiese Fototechnik
(Foto Wiese in Hamburg advertised various medium format lenses and cameras,
all of them apparently upgraded versions of products from the Arsenal (or Arsat) factory in Ukraine.)

       A Wiese 80mm lens & Wiese cameras

       Where did Wiese get his cameras and lenses from?

Converters for the Pentacon Six

Other lenses in the Pentacon Six mount

Equivalent focal lengths with 35mm cameras

To see reports on lens hoods (shades),
click here.


Articles in German on lenses for the Pentacon Six
(Artikel in deutscher Sprache)

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TRA May 2002  Latest revision: 17 May 2016