Pentacon F - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Pentacon F

c. 1957

VEB Zeiss-Ikon

Dresden

German Democratic Republic

Image of Pentacon F

Lens:
f2, 58 mm B, semi-automatic iris diaphragm to f16. Iris has to be opened after exposure. Depth-of-field scale. 42 mm screw mount. Serial no. 4565169 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/1000, B. Standard PC flash socket.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 2 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex through taking lens. Roof pentaprism, split-image rangefinder and ground glass focusing screen. Exposure counter.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance tensions the shutter and lowers mirror.

Serial Number:
140388 .

Notes:
Number on camera back: 471561. The box with the Spezialzwischenring shows it fits the Praktica FX2, FX3, Contax F, FB, FBM and Pentacon cameras.

With:

  • f2.8, 100 mm Meyer Trioplan. Manual iris diaphragm to f22. Focus to 3.6'. Depth-of-field scale. Serial no. 2735778.
  • Extension tubes marked KW. Black crackle finish with bright knurling. Lengths: 35, 18, 6 mm.
  • Spezialzwischenring marked KW. Comprises: 14 mm extension tube with cable release socket and diaphragm activator, aluminium finish; Double cable release. In box.
  • Bellows unit, scaled 40 - 110 mm. In box.
  • Instruction book.

The F introduced semi-automatic diaphragm operation to the Contax/Pentacon range. Models having a split-image finder are usually designated FM.

Spezialzwischenring
This provides semi-automatic diaphragm operation with close-up equipment. With three extension tubes and cable release tube in place the field of view is around 21 mm in width.

Bellows
The bellows unit is very well-made and similar to later models made for the Praktica. Oddly the front standard is moved by hand and then locked in place, there is no rack and pinion or friction drive.

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