Strap connectors for the Pentacon Six
I have suggested (here) the use of Baierfoto strap connectors to attach straps to Pentacon Six cameras. But if you would like to use an Op/Tech USA strap or dual camera harness, will one of their strap connectors fit this camera?
Op/Tech USA Super Pro B connectors
It looked on paper as though Op/Tech
USA’s Super Pro B
connectors should fit the strap lugs on the Pentacon
Six, so they kindly
sent me a pair of connectors to test. I expected
to receive the two
little metal connectors in a small envelope, and was
surprised when a somewhat
larger envelope arrived, containing the Super Pro B
attached to a pair of Op/Tech 3/8" webbing system
connector straps – but
that is how Op/Tech USA normally supplies the
Op/Tech USA’s fitting instructions
Here is what Op/Tech USA say on their
video about fitting
the Super Pro B connectors and the plastic locking clip:
(This is taken from their video, which can at the time of writing be seen here: http://optechusa.com/Videos/SuperPro.html)
On the Pentacon Six, it may help to remove the metering prism, if fitted, when pushing the plastic locking clips into place.
Proximity to shutter release button
Here is the Super Pro B connector on the
other side of
the camera. The plastic locking clip has not yet
been inserted into
The siting of the strap lugs was identified as a problem when the Exakta 66 (1984-2000) was designed, and the problem was slightly alleviated by the design of the Exakta 66 strap cradle, which moved the strap fixing points further away from the sides of the camera mirror chamber (see picture here). However, the designers of the Exakta 66 felt that there could still be a problem accessing the shutter release, and designed a shutter release extension for this purpose. (You can see both these items here - scroll down.)
I have one of these shutter release extensions, but do not find it necessary to use it on my Exakta 66 cameras, which always have the Exakta 66 carrying cradle and strap attached.
It would have been better if the designers of the Pentacon Six had sited the strap lugs on the outer front edges of the camera body, as was done by the manufacturers of most other cameras, but the fact is that they didn’t do this, and the designers of the Exakta 66 did not include this change among the modifications that they introduced.
Camera strap lug wear
Some users may be concerned that the camera strap lugs might have suffered exceptional wear in use with a previous strap, making the attachment of the strap less secure. But in that case, it would be advisable to replace the camera strap lugs anyway. However, in 2011 I asked Tom Page if he had encountered Pentacon Six cameras with this type of wear of the camera strap lugs. He has been servicing and repairing Praktisix and Pentacon Six camera for about 40 years has worked on hundreds of these cameras, and he said that he has never encountered this problem, so it sounds extremely improbable.
This view from a different angle shows the extremely low profile of the Baierfoto clip (again attached to Op/Tech USA’s 3/8" webbing).
In order to use any Op/Tech USA strap or their dual harness, you need to use the Op/Tech USA webbing system connectors, and combining them with Baierfoto’s clips may be the optimal solution if you want to attach the system connectors to the camera.
However, you should bear in mind that when any strap is connected directly to the Pentacon Six, closing top of the camera case is difficult, and carrying the camera by the strap with the case closed is likely to damage the front of the case quite quickly.
My preferred solution is to mount the strap – whether from Baierfoto or from Op/Tech USA – onto the metal loops that are situated at the top of the base of the camera case, at each side. (See fourth picture down, here.)
This has the following advantages:
It is great that we have two sources of clips and straps for the Pentacon Six, one in the USA (and throughout the world, via Op/Tech USA agents in many countries) and the other in Europe. Thank you, Op/Tech USA and Baierfoto, for manufacturing these specialist accessories!
But are there other ways to attach straps to your camera? See another approach here.
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© TRA First published: September 2011,
revised August 2015