Lens Data Summary
Users of the Pentacon Six and the cameras derived from it have at their disposal a range of lenses unequalled by any other medium format camera. What we now know as the Pentacon Six lens mount was introduced on the Praktisix, which was first manufactured in 1956 by Kamerawerke Niedersedlitz, East Germany. As the camera was further developed, in 1967 it acquired a new name: the Pentacon Six. Cameras with the "Pentacon Six" lens mount have therefore been continuously manufacted and distributed throughout the world for over fifty years.
Such has been the popularity of this range of cameras that a number of independent manufacturers have made (and in some cases still do make!) lenses with this mount. As I have tried to produce a "complete" listing, I keep uncovering further lenses that were at least advertised in the Pentacon Six mount. In addition to this, there have no doubt been many "custom" adaptions of lenses to the Pentacon Six mount, most of them probably rarely or never offered for sale. This listing is therefore bound to be incomplete.
I welcome information on other lenses that have been or are available in the Pentacon Six mount, particularly if they are not one-offs.
Meanwhile, here is a summary of the data on the
principal lenses, grouped by source, together with further
information and reviews of some lenses.
three principal lens manufacturers for the
Pentacon Six, Kiev 60 and Exakta 66
1) East German lenses made for the Pentacon Six
Schneider-Kreuznach lenses marketed by Novoflex for
macro work with the Praktisix/Pentacon Six, see here.
Other manufacturers of lenses with the Pentacon Six lens mount
See data on other Arsat shift and shift/tilt
lenses below (Hartblei & Arsat shift
& shift/tilt lens data)
The Multi-Kilar lens converter
macro lenses marketed by Novoflex for the Pentacon
Six, see here.
including the results of tests with the 45mm
Wiese shift-only lens
wide? Why using a shift lens can be
better than using a wider lens
|To see reports on lens hoods (shades),
For information about publicity literature on East German lenses, see here.
German on lenses for the Pentacon Six
(Artikel in deutscher Sprache)
Book in German on Meyer lenses
(Buch in deutscher Sprache über Meyer-Optik Görlitz)
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