Ukrainian shift & shift/tilt lenses with Pentacon Six mount
In recent years two Ukrainian manufacturers have introduced shift and shift/tilt lens in the Pentacon Six mount.
Here are the details.
& lens name
& focal length
|Elements / groups||Closest focus
|Hartblei 45mm shift||f/3.5 / 45||f/22||8 / 7||0.35||12 (1)||82 × 0.75||.||750|
|Arsat 55mm shift||f/4.5 / 55||f/22||9 / 7||0.5||12||72 × 0.75||97.5||900|
|Hartblei 65mm shift||f/3.5 / 65||f/22||6 / 5||0.5||10 (2)||72 × 0.75||.||610|
(1) With this lens, some vignetting is likely to be observable on the full 6 × 6 format with shifts in excess of 10mm. 11mm & 12mm are marked in red to remind users of this. The full 12mm of shift can be used for 6 × 4.5 format.
(2) With this lens, some vignetting is likely to be observable on the full 6 × 6 format with shifts in excess of 9mm. 10mm is marked in red to remind users of this. The full 10mm of shift can be used for 6 × 4.5 format.
It is reported that the 45mm and 65mm Hartblei shift lenses use the optical elements of the Arsenal Mir-26B and Mir-38B, respectively. Hartblei adds an excellent multi-coating that looks far superior to that on the original Arsenal lenses.
Arsenal in Kiev produce their own “Arsat” 55mm shift lens, which is one of the sharpest lenses available in the Pentacon Six mount.
Arsenal are now also producing 45mm & 65mm shift lenses, bearing their ARSAT brand name. I do not know if these lenses are optically the same as the Hartblei shift lenses, but this is very probable.
All five lenses (45mm from Hartblei and from Arsat, 65mm from Hartblei and Arsat, and 55mm from Arsat only) are in mounts that rotate – so it is possible to shift down as well as up, sideways, or even in other diagonal directions if required.
All the shift and shift/tilt lenses have a manual preset diaphragm. The 55mm shift lens has a socket for a cable release. Using a double cable release, it is possible to automate the aperture shut-down on this lens.
For more information on shift lenses, click here.
To see a report on two shift lenses and one shift-tilt lens from
Wiese Fototechnik in Hamburg, click here.
Shift / Tilt lenses
Hartblei also offers three shift & tilt lenses:
|Lens name||Max aperture
& focal length
|Elements / groups||Closest focus
|Diameter × Length
|45mm shift/tilt (1)||f/3.5 / 45||f/22||8 / 7||0.35||12 (2)||6°||82 × 0.75||96 × 100||850|
|f/3.5 / 45||f/22||8 / 7||0.35||12 (2) (4)||8°||82 × 0.75||96 × 110||880|
|65mm shift/tilt (1)||f/3.5 / 65||f/22||6 / 5||0.5||10 (5)||6°||72 × 0.75||.||.|
(1) With this lens, it is possible to shift in any direction, and tilt downward.
(2) With this lens, some vignetting is likely to be observable on the full 6 × 6 format with shifts in excess of 10mm. 11mm & 12mm are marked in red to remind users of this. The full 12mm of shift can be used for 6 × 4.5 format.
(3) The Hartblei Super-Rotator allows completely independent rotation of the tilt and shift axes, so that you can shift in any direction and tilt in any direction to adjust the depth of field.
(4) There are other minor restrictions at full tilt, when shift against the tilt direction should be limited to 9mm. In practice, this limitation is not likely to be significant.
(5) With this lens, some vignetting is likely to be observable on the full 6 × 6 format with shifts in excess of 9mm. 10mm is marked in red to remind users of this. The full 10mm of shift can be used for 6 × 4.5 format.
For more information on tilt lenses, click here.
The three 45mm shift and shift/tilt lenses from Hartblei
From L to R: shift only, shift (in any direction) & tilt down, shift & tilt in any direction (“Super-Rotator”)
The Super-Rotator has two rotate mechanisms: one to
rotate the shift in any direction and the other to rotate
the tilt in any direction. The two mechanisms are
completely independent of each other, thus providing the maximum
flexibility that would be possible for this lens.
More information on these three Hartblei lenses is given
There is reported to be another source for shift and tilt lenses
in the Pentacon Six mount – the Austrian firm of Atzmueller & Rendl Linz. For details,
return to the beginning of the lens data section and choose
"Other lenses in the Pentacon Six mount".
Hartblei 45mm Shift & Shift / Tilt lenses
As can be seen from the above illustration from a Hartblei lens manual, they offer (or have in the past offered) three different 45mm shift and shift/tilt lenses.
All of these lenses use the optical
elements of the Arsenal 45mm f/3.5 Mir-26 wide-angle
lens, more details of which can be seen here. We look
at each of these three lenses below. However, the
Mir-26 elements are mounted in three different lens
barrels, all of which are designed and manufactured by
The potential optical quality of lenses
manufactured in the former Soviet Union has a
justifiably high reputation. Unfortunately, the
actual manufacture and assembly of the lens barrels was
often shoddy, and there appeared to be zero quality
control, so that lenses were sold that should have never
got out the factory gate, since at the quality control
stage, they should have been scrapped and thrown in the
By contrast, the quality of
the design and manufacture of the barrels of
Hartblei lenses is superb, and it
would appear that they also applied superior
multi-coating to the Arsenal lens elements that
Hartblei appears to use abbreviations
with the following meanings: MC = Multi-Coated; PC =
Perspective Control TS = Tilt-Shift. I don't
know what the "S" stands for in "PCS", Perspective
Control - Shift, perhaps.
MC PCS Hartblei 3.5/45mm Shift lens
This is a shift-only lens, with no tilt possibilities. I am familiar with two versions of this lens: the one bearing the Hartblei name, illustrated in the black-and-white picture above and also at the top of this page, and a lens from Hartblei with similar characteristics but that bears the Wiese name. The Wiese version is described in more detail here. Here we shall compare the Hartblei and Wiese versions.
The Hartblei 45mm shift-only lens (left), beside the equivalent Wiese lens.
Even though the Wiese lens almost certainly originated with Hartblei, the lens that here bears Hartblei's name is a significant improvement.
It's as though the "Wiese" lens were a "Mark I" version and the "Hartblei" lens an improved, "Mk II", version.
MC TS-PC Hartblei 3.5/45mm Shift/Tilt lens
This Hartblei lens offers shift in any
direction, thanks to a rotating mount, plus tilt
downwards only. Of course, with a square format it
is possible to turn the camera through 90 or 180
degrees, although operating it upside down is not easy
and in this position use of a tripod becomes impossible
(which is where the Super-Rotator comes in! -- see
below). The same lens has been seen with a Wiese
I hope to be able to report on this lens in more detail soon.
MC TS-PC Hartblei 3.5/45mm Super-Rotator Shift/Tilt lens
This is Hartblei's top 45mm tilt/shift lens.
It incorporates two rotating mechanisms, one in front of
the other, so that both shift and tilt can be
independently controlled in any direction. This
lens was also available under the "Wiese" brand name, as
can be seen here
(scroll down to near the bottom of the page).
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