Is there an adapter to enable
me to use Pentacon Six lenses on a Hasselblad/
Q: Hello, congratulations
on your web site! I wonder if there are adapters for Hasselblad lenses
to Pentacon mount to use the Hartblei teleconverter.
A: Hello G,
There is a difference between the two camera systems in the distance between the back of the lens and the film plane, but not enough space to take an adapter. Other differences between the two systems make converters difficult or impossible:
1) the 500-series Hasselblad cameras require the lens
to have a built-in shutter, which none of the Pentacon Six mount lens have,
though the Hasselbald cameras with a focal plane shutter do not require
the lens to have a shutter;
A few people have converted individual Pentacon Six mount lenses to work on a Hasselblad camera with a focal plane shutter. However, this requires engineering skills and is likely to cost more than the price of a used body of either make.
The only real way to use Pentacon Six mount lenses on a medium format camera is to buy a Pentacon Six (+ TL) or compatible camera (Praktisix/ Kiev 60/ Exakta 66/ Kiev 88CM). The only way to use Hasselblad mount lenses on a medium format camera is to buy a Hasselblad.
For those who complain that the Pentacon Six does not have interchangeable backs, the answer is simple: you can buy a second Pentacon Six body for less than the cost of a Hasselblad back, and it comes complete with its own shutter and mounts for a lens and a viewfinder of your choice!
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