How to change the Focussing Screen in the Pentacon Six
Before you start
Make sure that you have all the components that you need.
The following screens all use the same retaining wire, clips and screws:
The fresnel screen requires a different retaining wire, clips and screws, and these should be supplied with it.
The Rollei screen is similar in dimensions to the GDR fresnel screen. However, it requires its own set of retaining wires clips and screws.
Working environment and tools
One needs a good, clear working surface and a tiny screwdriver of the right width for the screws. A pair of tweezers is also virtually essential for holding the screws and clips in place, and a screwdriver with a magnetic tip can help to prevent the screws falling off the tip of the screwdriver. It can be helpful to have white cotton lint-free gloves, to prevent grease from one’s fingers from damaging the surface of the screen.
Remove the standard screen
Observe carefully the installation of the
as this will help you when installing the new screen.
Note that the flat (groundglass) surface is the underside and that the thicker (or “fatter”) edge of the screen is at the front of the camera. (I have checked this with Pentacon Six expert Tom Page.)
Remove the screws and clips. Observe carefully the orientation of the existing screen.
Tip the camera upside down so that the screen and clip fall safely onto a soft surface, preferably a hand in a lint-free cotton glove. Do not touch the surfaces of the focussing screens at any time as grease from your fingers will mark them and the surfaces, especially the bottom surface, may be damaged.
Do not drop the screen on the floor. It is made of glass and it will almost certainly shatter (don’t ask me how I know!).
Install the new screen
Install the new screen with the flat
surface down and
the thicker edge in the same orientation as the original
screen (to the
of the camera). Then insert the retaining wire and
attach the clips
and screws. Note that the join in the wire frame
goes to the front
of the camera and is held in place by the front clip and
This image is of a late production
Pentacon Six TL probably
from 1989. The two spring-loaded “buttons” at the
back of the top
plate (the bottom of the picture on the left above)
serve to hold the prism
in place and take up any slack in the height of the four
posts on which
it stands, so that it does not rattle.
To go back to the section on the focussing screens, click here.
To see a Kiev screen for the Pentacon
Six, click here.
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© TRA First published: November
2011 Latest revision: December 2015