The Pentacon Six System
by TRA

The History of the Pentacon Six


I have referred to the following literature in compiling this short history of the SLRs that led to the development of the Pentacon Six range of cameras and the name Pentacon.

Other information has been acquired by my reading over the years anything that I could find on the Pentacon Six, my discussions with the factory, distributors, repairers, collectors, etc.

Aguila, Clément and Rouah, Michel, “Exakta Collection”, DDP Image Éditions, 2003  (This book is in French)
“Amateur Photographer” :“The New Agiflex Camera”, 26th November 1947
Braas, Lothar A, “Das  Kiev Mittelformathandbuch Band I: Die Kameras”, herausgegeben von M Richard Wiese & Gerd Nelaimischkis, 2005
CB: information from a very knowledgeable collector
Emanuel, W.D., “Korelle Guide, 2nd ed”, The Focal Press, London & New York, 1948
“fotoMagazin”: “Zu Besuch beim deutschen Kamerakönig”, Nr. 8 / August 1990, Nr. 10 / Oktober 1990
Hermann, Armin, “Und Trotzdem Brüder: Die deutsch-deutsche Geschichte der Firma Carl Zeiss”, Piper Verlag GmbH, München 2002
Hummel, Richard, “Spiegelreflexcameras aus Dresden”, Edition Reintzsch, Leipzig 1994
Jehmlich, Gerhard, “Der VEB Pentacon Dresden”, Sandstein Verlag 2009
Kuc, Hans-Jürgen, “Auf den Spuren der Contax, Band I”, Wittig Fachbuchverlag 2002
There is an English version of this book, “On the trail of the Contax”, and a Japanese version.  Details available from the publisher.
Loose, Erhard & Kühnel, Werner, “Praktina Technik” (2nd edition), VEB Fotokinoverlag Halle, 1961
Mesow, Wolfgang & Kuhn, Heinz, “Photography: 150 Years Cameras from Dresden“, VEB Pentacon Dresden, 1989
Mesow, Wolfgang & Kuhn, Heinz, “Praktica cameras: 50 Years Single Lens Reflex Camera Dresden”, VEB Pentacon Dresden, 1986
Nordin, Richard, “Hasselblad System Compendium”, Hove Books, 1998
Nordin, Richard, “Hasselblad Compendium Revised”, North Saanich, BC, Canada: Cloak Hill Communication, 2011
Princelle, Jean Loup, “Made in USSR: The Authentic Guide to Russian and Soviet Cameras”, Second edition, Le Rève Edition, 2004 (Available in English and French)
Shriver, Allan, “AGI of Agiflex Fame”, in “Amateur Photographer” 2 February 1980.
Shulz, Alexander, “Contax S”, 3rd edition, Lindemanns Verlag 2008
Spillman, Ronald, “Discover Rewarding Photography: The Manual of Russian Equipment”, London: Technical & Optical Equipment (London) Ltd, 1971
“The British Journal Photographic Almanac 1939”, Henry Greenwood & Co Ltd, London 1939
Thiele, Hartmut, “Fabrikationsbuch Photooptik II Carl Zeiss Jena“ (3rd edition), privately published, Munich 2005
Zygmund, George (editor), “SLR Yearbook 1970”, The Haymarket Publishing Group 1969
A selection of literature from the manufacturers

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© TRA First published: June 2010 Revised: July 2020