The Pentacon Six System
by TRA
Lens Data Summary

Ukrainian shift & shift/tilt lenses with Pentacon Six mount



The Hartblei 45mm f/3.5 shift lens
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In recent years two Ukrainian manufacturers have introduced shift and shift/tilt lens in the Pentacon Six mount.

Shift lenses

Here are the details.
 

Manufacturer
& lens name
Max aperture
& focal length
Minimum 
aperture
Elements / groups Closest focus
m
Max shift
mm
Filter thread
mm
Length
mm
Weight
g
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

Notes
(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
Minimum 
aperture
Elements / groups Closest focus
m
Max shift
mm 
Max
Tilt
Filter thread
mm
Diameter × Length
mm
Weight
g
45mm shift/tilt (1) f/3.5 / 45 f/22 8 / 7 0.35 12 (2) 82 × 0.75 96 × 100 850
45mm Super-Rotator
shift/tilt (3)
f/3.5 / 45 f/22 8 / 7 0.35 12 (2) (4) 82 × 0.75 96 × 110 880
65mm shift/tilt (1) f/3.5 / 65 f/22 6 / 5 0.5 10 (5) 72 × 0.75 . .

Notes
(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 below.

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 Hartblei.

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 bin.

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 they used.

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.
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The Wiese-branded lens appears to have re-used components from the original Mir-26 lens barrel, or to have copied them unchanged, so, for instance, the bottoms of the numerals on the focussing ring are cut off by the ring behind it that contains the depth-of-field markings.  On the Hartblei-branded lens, all components of the barrel are new, as are the numerals.
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From above, the similarities of the two lenses can be observed.  However, it appears that the Hartblei-branded lens may have a different or additional coating, to judge from the colours of the reflections.
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Rear view, with both lenses in zero-shift position.  As with the three previous pictures, the Hartblei-branded lens is on the left.
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The Hartblei PCS shift (only) lens as supplied, with the soft pouch that has been standard with most lenses from Kiev since about the year 2000, a standard Ukrainian rear cap and a spring-loaded front cap.
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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 name ring.


This looks exactly like the Hartblei MC TS-PC 3.5/45mm lens illustrated in their instruction manual  and we know that some Hartblei lenses were re-badged as Wiese, as is the case with this particular lens.
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The chrome-coloured rod is rotated to change the tilt angle, as with the 45mm Super-Rotator (where the rod is black).
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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).


The Hartblei Super-Rotator, here shifted to the left
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The same lens mounted on a Pentacon Six and fully shifted
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The Super-Rotator mounted on a Pentacon Six and fully tilted down
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You can see further information on the Super-Rotator and results of tests of it here (for shift only) and here (for tilt).



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