The Pentacon Six System
by TRA

Lens Data Summary


Heinz Kilfitt

The most prolific of the other manufacturers to have produced lenses in the Praktisix/Pentacon Six mount was probably the Heinz Kilfitt Optical Works of Munich in former West Germany.  Here are details of their lenses available in the USA in 1963, as reported in Al Gillespie’s Pentacon Six Newsletter No 2 of April 1975.

Lens name Max aperture
& focal length
No of
Closest focus
(feet & inches)
(pounds & 
1963 price
(US dollars)
Macro-Kilar f/2.8 / 90 4 8" 17 oz 260 Incorporates an
aspherical element
Kilar f/3.5 / 150 3 5' 0" 14 oz 205 .
Tele-Kilar f/5.6 / 300 4 9' 10" 35 oz 230 .
Pan-Tele-Kilar f/4 / 300 4 5' 11" 68 oz 475 Double focusing mechanism:
track & helical
Fern-Kilar f/5.6 / 400 2 32' 10" 62 oz 285 .
Sport-Fern-Kilar f/4 / 400 2 16' 5" 6 lb 515 Track focusing
Sport-Fern-Kilar f/5.6 / 600 2 65' 8" 9 lb 630 Track focusing

All of these lenses have a pre-set aperture.  The Macro-Kilar is reported to be an excellent lens.  No doubt the others are, too. Note: In the inscription on the lens, “Macro” is spelt with a “k”: “Makro”.

When focussed at infinity, the 90mm Makro-Kilar looks like a reasonably normal, if rather large, standard lens.

However, when at its closest focus setting, it looks quite remarkable. 
No extension tubes have been added here; this massive degree of extension is obtained with the lens alone.


Al Gillespie reports that the Kilfitt firm was acquired by US-based Zoomar Inc.  In 1975 they were still selling the 90mm Macro-Kilar, the two 300mm lenses and the 600mm lens, now called “Tele-Kilar”.  They also manufactured the following lenses:

Lens name Max aperture
& focal length
1975 price
(US dollars)
Zoomar Reflectar f/5.6 / 500 450 Mirror lens
Zoomar Reflectar f/8 / 1000 1,075 Mirror lens
Zoomar f/4 / 170 - 320 875 Zoom

The full name of the zoom lens is “Rapid-Focus-Tele-Zoomar”.  It was the first Medium Format zoom lens and is very highly spoken of.  Like the other lenses, it was available in mounts for a range of cameras, and a Norita mount version is known to exist.

There was also another Kilfitt Medium Format zoom lens:

Lens name Max aperture
& focal length
1975 price
Rapid-Focus-Macro-Zoomar f/2.8 / 85 - 170 Unknown Zoom

World-wide, this was the second Medium Format zoom lens  to be produced.  f/2.8 is a very fast aperture for a zoom lens, any zoom lens, and even more so for Medium Format.  This lens has a full 2× zoom range.  It would appear to be quite rare and I do not currently have any further information on it.

This data is based on published sources.  I do not have all of these lenses.

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© TRA May 2002, December 2012