The Pentacon Six System
by TRA
The Lenses
 

An exceptionally wide range of lenses is available in the Pentacon Six mount. This image shows examples of many of them.


[C374-30: Pentacon Six mount lenses from Carl Zeiss Jena, Meyer-Optik Görlitz/Pentacon, Arsenal, Joseph Schneider Kreuznach and Hartblei]

Introduction


Lens data
Lens hoods (shades)
(In)Compatibility issues
How to compare Medium Format & 35mm camera focal lengths

The Lens Tests

This section covers mostly lenses from Carl Zeiss Jena, Meyer-Optik (Pentacon), Schneider-Kreuznach and the former Soviet Union.
Click on the focal length that interests you to be taken straight to that section, or start with the Introduction and then click on the link at the end of each section to be taken to the beginning of the next one, without missing out anything from this section.

You can find information on lenses from other manufacturers, including links to some other lens tests, via the Lens Data page, here.

Introduction
The cameras & films used for the tests & Metering
The scene chosen for the tests

 
The 30mm Fish-eye lenses

The wide angle lenses (1): 40mm Curtagon

The wide angle lenses (2): 40-50mm

The wide angle lenses (3): 55-65mm

A wide-angle converter

The standard focal length lenses

The longer lenses:
Divided into the following sections:
    The teleconverters

    120mm Ivanichek Petzvar
    120-140mm
    150-180mm
    240-300mm
    300mm Pan-Tele Kilar
    500-560mm
    600mm

Further 500-600mm tests

1000mm
 

Further 1000-1200mm tests

2000mm

Shift lenses

Tilt lenses

Macro

Sample variation (about half way down page)

A tripod for long lenses

The Pentacon tripod

A lens bracket for long lenses

A lens cradle for long lenses

Controlling focus

Conclusion

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