Pentacon Pentaflex 16

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Pentacon Pentaflex 16

Camera takes single and double-perf 16mm-film. There are two different film magazines or cassettes: 30m/100ft and 120m/400ft. The 30m/100ft magazine takes daylight spools, while the 120m/400ft has to be loaded in complete darkness. As the film is threaded entirely within the magazine, several magazines can be inserted into the camera body during filming, with minimal interruption. The most common magazines currently available are 30m/100ft.

Year: approx. 1950-1970

Lens: triple lens mount, Pentaflex mount

  • often sold with the following Zeiss lenses: 2.8/12.5mm, 1.4/25mm and 1.4/50mm
  • Sometimes also sold with a Pentovar 16 1:2.8 15-60mm - 1:5.6 30-120mm. (These optics have a variable focal length due to a removable lens.)

Reflex view finder with an unusual optical path that runs under the camera instead of above the film chamber.

Manual zoom (when equipped with zoom lenses).

Manual exposure only (no integrated exposure meter).

Camera was sold with several motors:

  • A spring wound motor with various speeds
  • An electrical mains powered motor for 25fps constant speed
  • A 12v battery powered motor that runs between 12 to 36fps.
  • The fastest electrical motor runs at a maximum of 96fps.

The motor can be mounted in two positions on the camera, side and bottom (for hand held operation). The motor is interchangeable in most models.

Single frame exposure is also possible via an attached intermediate gear.

Variable shutter (0 - 180°)

No sound recording - a non-quite camera made for B roll or post sound recording

Made in GDR

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There are several versions of this camera: some with plastic parts for the body, some with fully metallic bodies. And "of course" the body's colour can be anything from silver metallic, to green, grey, brown or black.

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A lot of accessories have been developed for the popular camera (Text courtesy of:

  • Synchronous motor for TV pictures (25 B / s)
  • Centrifugal motor with various speeds of 12 to 36 B / s (12 V DC)
  • Clockwork motor
  • Frame transmission
  • Normal cassette (N) and cassette for reverse (R)
  • Hand crank can be attached to the motor flange
  • Extractable two-part compendium with filter holder and front insert
  • Chest support for motor
  • Hand crank can be attached to the motor flange
  • M42 lens adapter


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