The Pentacon Six System
by TRA

Lens Data Summary

Kilfitt/Zoomar

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
elements
Closest focus
(feet & inches)
Weight
(pounds & 
ounces)
Approx
1963 price
(US dollars)
Comment
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.

Limitations
An expert in lenses for the Praktisix/Pentacon Six tells me:
"none of the "Fern-Kilare" over 300mm is useable on the Praktisix (except of course if mounted on a Multikilar). Being Fernobjektive with only one group, the angle of the rays is too steep to get by the mounting ring of the Praktisix."
Information added 16 February 2016

Zoomar

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
Approx  1975 price
(US dollars)
Code
Comment
Zoomar Reflectar f/5.6 / 500 450 . Mirror lens
Zoomar Reflectar f/8 / 1000 1,075 . Mirror lens
Zoomar f/4 / 170 - 320 875 294 RAFTE 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.  A review of it in Pentacon Six mount can be seen on this website – see here.

There was also another Kilfitt Medium Format zoom lens:

Lens name Max aperture  & focal length Code Mount
Rapid Focus Macro Zoomar 2.8/85-170 300 RAFMA via WESI

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.

The above data is based on published sources.  I do not have most of these lenses.

Book on Kilfitt

There is an interesting book on Kilfitt and Zoomar by the French photography writer Patrice-Hervé Pont:
“Kilfitt Zoomar Imageurs et Objectifs”
published by the French Club Niepce Lumière (in French, naturally).


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