Lens Data Summary
The German company Novoflex (at the time a West German
company) marketed over many years at least two lenses
in the Pentacon Six mount. Both of these lenses
incorporated the Novoflex Follow Focus system, a spring-loaded
pistol grip that is squeezed to focus. Here are the
details (again, from Gillespie):
|Lens name||Max aperture
& focal length
(feet & inches)
|Noflexar||f/5.6 / 240||9' 3"||3 lb 6 oz|
|Tele-Noflexar||f/5.6 / 500||38' 9"||5 lb 8 oz|
|However, the exact maximum aperture of
the 500mm Tele-Noflexar was disputed. The
consequences of an investigation of this are here.
|When I tried out one of these lenses many
years ago, I did not find it easy to use, as it is a
pre-set lens, so one has to open to maximum aperture for
accurate focussing, and then
However, Novoflex made a point of stating that these lenses were designed to be used at maximum aperture, and in this case operation is indeed fast.
Over many years, sports, wildlife and celebrity photographers demonstrated the effectiveness of this system in obtaining sharp results from great distances.
|The two Novoflex medium format lenses in the spring-loaded pistol grip focussing mount, here on a smart Novoflex display stand.|
The PIGRIFF focussing unit with the 240mm Noflexar lens head
My thanks to the Novoflex company photographer for taking these superb product shots
and to Martin Grahl, Novoflex Sales Manager, for permission to reproduce them.
The PIGRIFF focussing unit with the 500mm Tele-Noflexar lens head
For more great pictures from Novoflex of their
equipment, click here.
I believe that Novoflex also sold some of their bellows lenses in the Pentacon Six mount, namely the:
To go on to the review of the 240mm Noflexar, click below.
240mm Noflexar review
To go on to the review of the 500mm Tele-Noflexar, click below.
500mm Tele-Noflexar review
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