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A piece of photographic history

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by John Farrell, Nov 22, 2021.

  1. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    Pentacon D.jpg

    A Pentacon D. Not working - the first shutter curtain winds with the second, but doesn't release separately - both curtains run at the same time.
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  2. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I do love the Contax S and its successors. An extremely important bit of camera history, but also nice cameras in their own right. Here's my piece on the Pentacon FM: https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/threads/nicks-classic-corner-no-53-pentacon-fm.127123/

    As it happens, I dug it out the other week thinking of taking it with me to Cornwall. In the end, a new - brand new - purchase went instead, but it was so nice to get it out and have a play with it. The camera, I mean, you filthy lot. The shutter in mine looks more than a little dodgy, with a fair few ripples, but still appears to fire correctly.
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  3. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    I started reading the technical information I have on these cameras, with a view to exploratory surgery. I tested the camera one more time - and it worked (except for the second curtain stopping before the left edge of the film gate).
  4. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Very nice indeed, what a looker! Sadly I wasn't interested in photography when I visited Dresden in 1994 or I would have looked up the Ernemann tower - especially as the friend I was staying with worked for what I assume was the rump of Pentacon.

    I'm assuming that you are going to do surgery, John?
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  5. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    I may remove the film gate - it is held on by 4 screws, and removing it exposes the shutter curtains. I may then be able to see what is holding up the second curtain
  6. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Good luck with that, John - it would be nice to have it working.
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  7. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    It will work as it is - but I won't get a full frame picture.
  8. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    My first camera was a Pentacon FM, bought second hand from a shop in the City of London for £19-19-6d. Not many pictures remain fro it but here are some...

    Pentacon FM 1968 01-28.jpg

    Sling shot soldier Pentacon FM.jpg

    Feeding large bonfire at Kent youth hostel 1960s Pentacon FM 67-9020.jpg
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  9. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Since the price 'format' indicates that this was before February 1971, that camera was quite expensive, Andrew! Twenty quid was a decent week's wages, then.
  10. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member


    The camera came with this lens - a 50mm f2 Isco Westagon. The gizmo to the left fits over the boss for the shutter release, and its arm allows the shutter to be released by pressing the button on the lens.
  11. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Yes it was. Took a bit of persuading but it was worth it! :D
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  12. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member


    This picture shows the film gate, with the edge of the second curtain. I could see nothing obvious causing this - but the fact that the viewfinder is very clean suggest that someone has been inside the camera, and "adjustments" have been made.

    This is the view with the film gate removed. The arrow points to the dog which engages with the sprocket shaft.
  13. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    Well - after doing some digging I found that my picture above shows the normal rest position of the second curtain - and, of course, it won't affect the picture. Silly me! When I have finished the film I have in the Super Silette, I might load one up in the Pentacon.
  14. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Do let us know what you get!
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  15. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    The camera with the original lens - and the handy shutter release mechanism - fitted.

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  16. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Very nice indeed, John!
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  17. zx9r

    zx9r Well-Known Member

    That is a lot of effort to avoid a pre set iris?
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  18. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    I have the same lens in Edixa mount - it doesn't need the connection to the shutter button for that. Very similar lenses were also available for Praktica and Exakta cameras.
  19. Simon Leung

    Simon Leung Well-Known Member

    A lovely example of an early export model.
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