|The Pentacon Six is a medium format Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera developed in Germany inthe 1950s and manufactured until the early 1990s.|
It has been copied by other manufacturers – and its lens mount has been adopted for several other cameras – and today several different camera models and an exceptionally wide range of lenses are available using the Pentacon Six mount.
The Pentacon Six is a high quality medium format single lens reflex camera taking 120 and 220 film for 12 or 24 exposures that are nominally 6cm x 6cm (2? x 2? inches) – actually 56mm x 56mm, as is standard for medium format cameras. A TTL metering prism is available, as well as an enormous range of lenses and other accessories. The camera and its predecessor, the Praktisix, was manufactured in East Germany (the GDR) between the mid 1950s and 1990.
Pentacon Six - In 1959 Kamera Werkstatten became VEB Kamera and KinoWerke Dresden. In 1964 they became VEB Pentacon and in 1970, Kombinat VEB Pentacon. With the unification of the East German photographic industry the Praktisix was modified to become the Pentacon Six. Frame spacing was improved through the use of a roller with teeth that is turned by the film as it advances; when the correct length of film has advanced, the mechanism disengages.
When the TTL-metered prism was introduced, the letters 'TL' were added to the name plate but no other changes were made to the camera body.
The Pentacon Six was imported into the U.S. as the Hanimex Praktica 66 by Australian distributor Hanimex. This was to get around U.S. laws prohibiting direct imports from communist countries.