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]


Lens data
Lens hoods (shades)
(In)Compatibility issues
Make sure that the lens that you get will fit your camera!
With new pictures to show you the differences
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.

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

The 30mm Fish-eye lenses

What is the widest-possible rectilinear lens?

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
    300mm Pan-Tele Kilar

Further 500-600mm tests

Further 1000-1200mm tests


Shift lenses

Tilt lenses

Shift & tilt with standard lenses

Using Pentacon Six & M42 lenses on digital cameras


Sample variation (about half way down page)

Using Pentax 67 lenses on the Pentacon Six

A tripod for long lenses

The Pentacon tripod

A lens bracket for long lenses

A lens cradle for long lenses

Controlling focus



The Author


© TRA January 2002, latest revision: March 2022