Pentacon Service in Dresden
|Resumption of Pentacon Six and Exakta 66 repairs and servicing by
Pentacon Service, Dresden
I am pleased to be able to report that Pentacon Service in Dresden have
reached agreement with a local repairer to undertake the repair, service
and upgrade of Pentacon Six and Exakta 66 cameras. He has years of
experience, going back to GDR times, of repairing and servicing Pentacon
Six cameras. Pentacon Service will make available to him spares as
As well as providing servicing and repairs, he will also be able to
offer the upgrade of Pentacon Six (TL) and Exakta 66 Mk I cameras to the
Rollei focussing screen that was supplied with the Exakta 66 Mk II and
Mk III, but he will not undertake the MLU (mirror pre-release) modification,
as this requires technical modifications within the camera and Herr Frenzel
was the only person with the knowledge required to do this.
If you wish to use this service facility, I suggest that in the first
instance you contact Pentacon Service in Dresden (address below), and they
will advise you whether to send your camera to them or directly to the
repairer whom they have contracted.
Pentacon Service continues to offer full servicing for lenses for the
Pentacon Six and Exakta 66, as well as for their ranges of 35mm cameras
and lenses, including the L and B series.
15th October 2012
|Suspension of Pentacon Six & Exakta 66 Servicing and repairs
by Pentacon Dresden
It is with the greatest regret and sadness that I have to report that
late yesterday I received the fully unexpected news that Jürgen Frenzel,
the Pentacon Six and Exakta 66 specialist at Pentacon Service in Dresden
has without advance warning suddenly died. He was the one person
on their staff who serviced and upgraded these cameras.
They are therefore having to suspend repairs and service for these cameras
at the present time. They still offer a repair service for the lenses
and also for other Pentacon cameras such as the Praktica series.
They are trying to find another specialst workshop that they can recommend.
As soon as I receive any further information on this, I will post it here.
Jürgen Frenzel had worked at Pentacon in Dresden for at least 30
years. I extend my deepest sympathy to his colleagues, friends and
Jürgen Frenzel in Dresden, April 2012
Picture taken by me on a Pentacon Six TL
that had been serviced and upgraded by him
Pentacon in Dresden still offer full service and upgrade facilities
on Pentacon and Exakta 35mm cameras. [See above paragraphs
Telephone: International + 49 351 2589 213
Fax: International + 49 351 2589 303
Note new e-mail address 23.6.2010:
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Another repairer and upgrader in Germany is Rolf-Dieter Baier. http://www.baierfoto.de
He speaks excellent English. Click on the link to go to his website.
He likes people to contact him before sending items to him for repair or
Foto-Service Olbrich, Görlitz
A German visitor to this website sent me an e-mail in which he said:
“BTW, there is a repairman in Germany who totally rebuilds Pentacon
lenses for a very reasonable price:
Tel.: International + 49 3581 40 12 41
Fax: International + 49 3581 40 12 41
“I paid around 35 Euro + VAT + shipping for a total dissassembly, cleaning
of all elements, lubricating, adjusting for each lens (the 120 lens had
fungus, the 300 lens needed repair to the aperture).”
In December 2005 Pentacon Dresden recommended Foto-Service
Olbrich for more complicated lens repairs requiring an optical bench.
I telephoned them, and they definitely have the equipment necessary to
do this. They sound very helpful, and in February 2006 I sent them
two lenses, one for repair and the other for a service. The lenses
came back promptly and Herr Olbrich had done an excellent job on them for
40 Euros each + VAT + a very modest charge for shipping (a lot less than
it cost me to send the lenses to them!). To see more details on one
of the lenses repaired, click here
and scroll down to near the bottom of the page. I have subsequently
sent Olbrich other lenses, on which he has done excellent work.
Kameraservice Ostkreuz, Berlin
In July 2007 I received a recommendation from Tobias in Germany for
another repairer in Berlin. Here are the details:
Neue Bahnhofstraße 6
Tel.: 030 / 291 36 26
Tobias says: “I got my Pentacon six fixed. I am really pleased
with the result. They seem to have specialised in all kind of Eastern
Germany Cameras especially the Pentacon and Praktica series.”
A list of other repairers in Germany can be found at http://mitglied.lycos.de/kamerageschichte/and
click on the Service link.
The United Kingdom
Tom Page has asked me to remove him from this website, as it is generating
too much work for him! Thank you, Tom, for your decades of service
to users of the Pentacon Six and other classic cameras!
I recommend to visitors to this website who are looking for a repairer
within Europe (including the UK) to contact Rolf-Dieter Baier of Baierfoto.de,
Pentacon Service in Dresden (details above) or one of the other European
repairers named on this page.
In February 2001 I received information on a recommended
repairer in Poland. A visitor to this website writes:
“in Poland we have at least two or three repair shops which are able
or less to do something with the Pentacon Six ... - I'm personally
using services of one in Lodz -
Piotrkowska Street 85
- they do everything rather slowly (well - they are specialising in
old stuff ... so they are almost constantly occupied) - but the engineer
working with Sixes is very reliable and I can recommend him ... - he was
once a worker at Jena - and (received) some training in Dresden - so he
always know what he is doing.”
Telephone number: +48 42 639 92 89
“They should be able to communicate in Polish and English (probably
a bit of Russian or German too but I’m not sure). I forgot to add
that they have very reasonable prices - but they don’t do Kievs
(any kind), but they should be able to repair Exaktas.”
In May 2012 I received a recommendation for a
repairer in Barcelona, Spain. A Spanish visitor to this website wrote:
“My Psix with MLU works like a "Swiss Watch".
In Spanish this is the "best working category". The 80mm lens had a problem
with oil on the blades, and a fungus inside. These problems were
resolved by the repairman. My 80mm lens is with the diaphragm ring in aluminium,
I think 50 years old? Age´s problems.” [TRA: without
knowing the serial number, I think that you have got the age of the lens
|The repairer is: Joaquin Laborda Daura
The company is Casa Sánchez
C/ Entenza no 133 Bajos Interior
Tfno. 93 226 71 16.
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
|23 December 2012:
I have just received the news that unfortunately this
repairer can no longer service the Pentacon Six, because of lack of spare
However, the person who e-mailed me from Spain recommended
Kameraservice Ostkreuz in Berlin (details higher up in this column).
He said that the repair was speedy and the camera now functions “marvellously
well”. He tells me that the repair price was also appropriate.
Gevorg Vartanyan of Arax Foto in Kiev
offers extensive repair facilities for Kiev cameras. However,
I have just learnt (December 2010) that Arax does not repair or service
Pentacon Six cameras. If you have a Kiev camera that needs
repairing, don’t be put off by his location. Ukraine is proud to
be part of the new, free Europe. I have had good experience in buying
from him, and reports that I have seen of his service and his products
have been extremely positive. Recommended.
I have also never sent equipment to Canada for
repair, but one Canadian Pentacon Six user wrote the following to me in
“Personally, I have had many of my cameras serviced
in Toronto at Commercial Camera Repair Limited,
5311 Young Street,
Tel 416-223-2257 [if the internet hides part
of this number, move the mouse over it and the number should appear: 416
I have no personal experience of Pentacon Six repairers in the USA.
However, below I give information on some repairers who have been recommended
Stanislav Studzinskiy - Petersburg, NY
On the Kiev Report photographic forum in March 2011 a contributor gave
the website of a repairer in Petersburg, NY. Here it is: http://www.mechanicalcamerarepair.com/Home_Page.php
This repairer obviously specialises in cameras and lenses from the
former Soviet Union, including the Kiev 60 and the Kiev 88. He says
that he repairs some “Pentakon” lenses (he is clearly more familiar with
the Russian spelling), but he lists 80mm, 120mm and 250mm and there is
no Pentacon 250mm lens – although there are of course 250mm lenses
with the Pentacon Six mount.
In April 2011 I saw very positive feedback on Stanislav’s work.
|“I sent four lenses to Stanislav for a variety
of repair and internal cleaning needs. I am happy to report that
his work was outstanding, and I am completely satisfied and pleased with
the results. In one case he even made an older first-series Biometar
look like new, which I was not expecting. I could not be happier
with his work.
I would highly recommend Stanislav for anyone looking for repair work
on their Kiev or Pentacon camera or other equipment. ...
Incidentally, Stanislav’s English is excellent, so for those of us who
are only able to communicate in English, it is very easy to communicate
with Stanislav and describe exactly what you would like done with your
equipment. He also completed the work very quickly and I received
the lenses back very, very quickly.
In July 2012 I received the following extremely-favourable report
on this repairer’s work:
|“I would like to recommend the following
repairman in the United States:
12 Olneys Road
Petersburg, NY 12138
I sent my MC Arsat 30mm f/3.5 lens to him for replacement
of iris diaphragm lever and for CLA. The service was completed within three
weeks, including shipping time. There are booksellers who cannot fulfill
an order in this short space of a time.
Stanislav specializes in cameras and lenses from the Arsenal
factory in Kiev, Ukraine. He tells me that he is able to CLA Zeiss lenses
for the Pentacon Six such as Biometars, Flektogons, and Sonnars.
I found his name on the TRA website on the repair service
page. This note is to confirm and update your data files. Please
note the spelling of Stanislav Studzinskiy. Your website may have
transposed the last two letters of his name.
Stanislav recommends that my lens be stored with diaphragm
set at f/22, apparently to relax the aperture spring.
Thank you for the Pentaconsix.com website!
Thank you, Michael, for the information and the correction! - TRA
Gary Camera Repair - Staten Island
Nathan Dayton (website: www.commiecameras.com)
gives the following details on repairers in the USA:
Gary Camera Repair
228 Hett Avenue
“Gary does good work and is inexpensive.”
Leonid Treskunov - New Jersey
9A Poplar La.
See new contact details, below!
New Jersey 08857
“Leonid is a little more expensive but does exquisite work. He repaired
2 Pentacons for me and they are better than the new cameras that I have.
I can not say too much good about his work.”
1st January 2008. Trescam now has a website: http://trescam.com/index.htm
His address and telephone number have also changed to:
131 Community Circle
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
The e-mail address remains as above.
Fema Binder - New York
26th June 2007. I have just received a further recommendation
for a repairer in New York City. Noel writes as follows:
“I wish to submit to you another repairman in NYC besides Mr. Smolov
and Gary Camera Repair. He is gentleman by the name of Fema Binder from
Kiev and he does excellent work. When I was looking for help I consulted
your site and tried to communicate with Mr. Smolov at the time, but I understand
he was taken ill. This was on the grapevine in NYC among the small tight
circle of repairmen who handle Pentacon and Kiev cameras. Finding Mr. Fema
Binder was a Godsend, and I recommend him to you and all the folks who
frequent your site for any information you have to offer. These are his
Panorama Camera Center
124 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
He is located on the third floor of the building after having moved
his operation from the store that fronted on the street.”
Thank you Noel for this recommendation!
Ross Yerkes - Los Angeles
For repairs in Los Angeles, you can call Ross Yerkes.
342 Kirby St
Telephone: (international access +) 1 323 256 1018
He specialises in Noritas but I have heard that he services and repairs
Pentacon Sixes. He is an excellent camera repairer and a good man.
– recommendation by TRA
In April 2006 I also received an e-mail about Ross from a user in Iowa.
|“I had a shutter speed problem with one of my Pentacon Six bodies and
sent it off to Ross Yerkes in LA for service, he did a great job of getting
the camera back to like new condition. Thank you for listing him
in the service area of your site. Thought you might like some feedback
on the people who repair these wonderful cameras.”
Eddie Smolov - Brooklyn
“Eddie CLAed my Pentacon Six after I first obtained it and repaired
it again after my tripod fell over. His work is very good, relatively inexpensive,
anf fast – what more could you ask for? He also repaired the diaphragm
mechanism on ny 120 mm Vega and did an internal cleaning of a cloudy Schneider
Componon enlarging lens for me for only $15.
Eddie’s business is located within the Photofaction camera store at
7th Avenue between President and Carroll Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Bob Marvin” [September 2004]
On 14 May 2007, Sam Sherman reported “Eddy is now working from home
and you can call him on his cell phone - 718-541-0952 Eddy can work
on almost anything ... the work is good and the prices low.”
Update February 2011
A reliable source has provided a new address and contact details for
EDWARD SMOLOV <email@example.com>
1660 E. 21 str. #3D
Brooklyn, NY 11210
|Update October 2011
On 7th October 2011 I received the following e-mail from a visitor
to this website:
'I emailed Eddy about a broken Pentacon Six and unfortunately he's no
longer doing repairs. Just thought you'd like to update your website.
"At this time I am no longer taking any repairs because of my impaired
health and am currently seeking treatment. As an alternative to me, I recommend
you get in touch with a colleague of mine, Jerry Sorin, an experienced
camera technician with nearly 30 years experience. He will provide
the same service as I do. Sorry for the inconvenience." '
My thanks to the visitor who sent me this information.
We naturally extend our best wishes to Eddy for speedy and successful
Update 28th February 2012
I have today been informed that Jerry Sorin has passed away.
I extend my condolences to his family and other loved ones.
Eddy continues to seek suitable treatment and
so is still not accepting equipment for repair. We extend
to him our best wishes for speedy recovery.