Lens Data Summary
At the end of the 1990s and the beginning of this century a company or companies called Hartblei produced a number of lenses that were based on the optical elements manufactured by Arsenal in Kiev, Ukraine for Medium Format camera lenses, and apparently on some lenses from Lytarkino in another part of the former Soviet Union.
Hartblei lenses offered superior coating, improved lens mounts and better quality control, but they do not appear to have achieved high sales, and they are now offered for sale infrequently. It is consequently difficult to produce a definitive list of the whole Hartblei range.
It is reported that the following lenses were
offered by Hartblei in Pentacon Six mounts and in mounts for a
limited range of medium format cameras from other manufacturers.
|Hartblei MC||3.5/30||ASB||modified Arsenal lens, variations|
|Hartblei MC||3.5/45||ASB||modified Arsenal lens, own production/Lytarkino parts|
|Hartblei MC||3.5/45||PCS shift||modified Arsenal lens, own production/Lytarkino parts|
|Hartblei MC||3.5/45||TS-PC tilt & shift||modified Arsenal lens, own production/Lytarkino parts|
|Hartblei MC||3.5/45||TS-PC tilt & shift
|modified Arsenal lens, own production/Lytarkino parts, variations|
|Hartblei MC||3.5/65||ASB||modified Arsenal lens, own production/Lytarkino parts|
|Hartblei MC||3.5/65||PCS shift||modified Arsenal lens, own production/Lytarkino parts|
|Hartblei MC||2.8/80||ASB||modified Arsenal lens, variations|
|Hartblei MC||2.8/120||ASB||modified Arsenal lens|
|Hartblei MC||2.8/150||ASB||modified Arsenal lens, own production/Lytarkino parts|
|Hartblei MC||4.5/300||FB||modified Lytarkino Rubinar mirror lens|
|Hartblei MC||5.6/500||FB||modified Lytarkino Rubinar mirror lens|
|Hartblei MC||8/500||FB||modified Lytarkino Rubinar mirror lens|
|ASB = Automatische Springblende = Fully
FB = Feste (?) Blende = No diaphragm (as is standard with mirror lenses)
“Variations” means that more than one version of this lens is attested.
Two of the Rubinar lenses are tested here (scroll down). The lenses in the test were not the Hartblei version, which is reported to have much better coverage.
Three Hartblei lenses based on the Arsenal 45mm Mir 26 lens
From L to R: shift only, shift-tilt (variable shift direction only, tilt direction only downwards),
shift-tilt super-rotator (both the shift direction and the tilt direction are separately selectable)
|On this website there are currently
reports on the following Hartblei lenses:
Test results with Hartblei
Test results with The Hartblei shift/tilt lenses
(Click on the links for further information)
Partial labelling of the above three Hartblei lenses, from the Operation Manual
The quality of Hartblei design, manufacture and
assembly was given high-profile recognition when an agreement
between them and Carl Zeiss was announced, according to which
they now build high-quality tilt and tilt/shift lenses round
Zeiss optical elements. It does not appear that any of
these newer lenses are available in the Pentacon Six
mount. They are at a price level appropriate to
top-quality specialist photographic lenses.
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