OddCameras.com                         Pentacon Pentina

The Pentina was a 35mm film SLR camera with a leaf shutter behind the lens. It had
interchangeable lenses, 30, 50, 85 and 135mm were available. The camera was a radically new construction, based on a frame with covers. It was developed by a designer from the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, Jürgen Peters, in 1958. It went into construction in 1961 at the VEB Pentacon Dresden.

There were 2 "generations" of models with minor variations. Each generation had a cheap model without meter. The rest is a question of an extre fresnel lens and/or a split screen in the finder. Mine is a simple Pentina with plein screen and meter.

Some photos:

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Camera front. Shutter release and standard lens, a good F2.8 50mm.

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Camera back. Film counter and advance lever.

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Camera bottom. Film type reminder, rewind unlock, tripod socket, ISO setting, rewind handle (extensible) and back cover release on the edge.

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Seen from above. Accessory shoe and meter which still works.

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Camera with standard lens.

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Lens detached, bajonet mount.

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Camera back open.

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Film compartment.


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