Screen from Kiev for the Pentacon Six
A Ukrainian fresnel focussing screen for the Pentacon Six is sometimes advertised.
I bought one from an eBay trader known as
hohol or h_o_h_o_l. I believe that this is the
trading name of Yuri Davidenko, who also appears to be
behind the DVDTech website. In April 2016, I
can no longer see this screen on the DVDTech
website. However it is
available from Araxfoto.
This screen was described as “Fresnel bright focussing screen Pentacon Six New”. What is it like? This may be a screen that has been designed for the Kiev 60 or the Kiev 88, that has been cut down in size in order to fit the Pentacon Six. I no longer have either of these cameras, and so cannot make a comparison.
First, it is a perfect fit. It has the following features:
Microprism ring round rangefinder wedges
The principal area of the screen has no markings. However, there are four composition-guidance lines, each one a little way in from the corresponding edge – visible in the photograph at the top of this page.
These can help the user to know when (s)he is holding the camera horizontally. The lines on this screen are clearly visible without – in my opinion – impeding the clear view of the subject to be photographed. They may also help the photographer who is composing for a picture that will cropped to produce a horizontal or a vertical image.
I personally like the greater number of composition lines on the Rollei MK screen, but some people do not, preferring a largely plain screen. They will probably like the Ukrainian screen better than the Rollei screen. (The Pentacon Six metering prism also has curved markings that show the area covered by the meter, and these are of course visible in the viewfinder.)
The screen has a flat upper surface, and
is supplied with no retaining wire. The retaining
wire for the original screen is deeply curved, to follow
the curvature of the standard screen, so it is not a
natural good fit for this screen.
This is a thin, light-weight screen that must reduce the total weight of the Pentacon Six by a few grams (but surely not enough for the user to notice the difference!).
The screen is very economically-priced
and in early 2012 it was readily available from www.dvdtechnik.com
in Ukraine. However, in April 2016 I could
only find it offered by Araxfoto.com. On
20.4.16, the following link went straight to the screen:
and on 6th January 2017 this link still works.
Arax also sometimes sells the screen on eBay. I
suggest that you do a search on eBay for "P-SIX
FRESNEL BRIGHT FOCUSING SCREEN for Pentacon Six
cameras ARAX. Made in Kiev". On the basis of my own
experience, I recommend Araxfoto as a
I am delighted that in 2017 two such
excellent sellers still offer items for use with the
You may of course also occasionally find the screen listed on eBay, perhaps with a slightly different description, from other vendors who may have a single screen that they wish to sell.
It is an extremely good screen, and I am very pleased to have it in one of my Pentacon Sixes.
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© TRA First published: April 2012 Latest revision: January 2017