Pentacon Six System
Strap Options for
the Pentacon Six
Spot the difference ...
Answer: the strap lugs have been changed.
One occasionally sees an alternative way
of fitting different
carrying straps to the Pentacon Six: one can change the
strap lugs in the
camera body. I asked Pentacon Six specialist Tom
Page to do this
when he was rebuilding a Pentacon Six camera that I had
bought in pieces.
He fitted two lugs from a Canon camera.
|However, there is a potential
problem with this, caused
by the proximity of the right-hand lug (from the
user’s position) to the
shutter release button.
Tom supplied me with a range of
connectors to try with
The ones on the far left of
this picture looked as though
they might be the best candidates, as – unlike
rings – their shape should
prevent the strap from swinging or falling
back onto the shutter release.
The flat base should also assist with this
more than might be the case
with the simple, triange-shaped connectors.
|Fitting the connectors was very
tricky. I had to
hold open the end of the connector with a screw
driver, and then coax it
over the end of the Canon strap lug, making sure
that nothing slipped and
However, the initial impression
is not bad. It is
only by laying the camera on its back that I
have managed to get the connector
to enter into contact with the shutter
|To the left:
With the camera standing it its
normal upright position,
the lug connector position when at rest does not
interfere with the shutter
With a strap attached, the same
should be the case, so
that if the camera is mounted on a tripod, for
instance, the strap should
not get in the way.
To the right:
General view of the other side
of the camera with the
strap connector attached.
|I decided to attach some Op/Tech
USA 3/8” webbing system
connectors to the strap connectors (remembering
as always to attach the
“male” connector to the right-hand side (viewed
from the user’s position).
The general impression from the
front left is very satisfactory.
|Even on the front right, the
strap and connector do not
foul the shutter release when the strap is in
How does this
work in practice?
|How does anchoring the strap
here perform when the strap
is round the user’s neck?
Well, with the standard lens,
the camera hangs crooked,
tilting backwards. This is of course not
a result of the type
of strap lugs used, but because of their location,
means that if you attach a strap to your
Pentacon Six at the point where
the strap lugs are located, this is how the
camera will hang.
Also, to fire the shutter one
has to get used to tucking
one’s right forefinger round the strap
connector, but once that is done,
there is no problem in operating the shutter
|This may be a solution, to
enable you to attach a favourite
strap to your Pentacon Six. Of course,
instead of getting a technician
to replace the camera’s strap lugs, it is much
easier just to use Baierfoto’s
strap clips on the existing strap lugs, with the
same or possibly an even
better result, as it is then impossible for the
strap or the connector
to fall onto the shutter release since the
Baierfoto clips keep the camera
strap away from it.
You can see more information on
these clips, and on alternatives,
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© TRA First published: December
2011 Revised, December 2015