Pentacon Pentaflex 16

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Pentacon Pentaflex 16

Camera takes single-perf 16mm-film on daylight spool reels.

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)

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

Manual zoom (when equiped with zoom lenses).

Manual exposure only (no integrated exposure meter).

Camera was sold with several motors; spring wound or electrical that ran at different speeds. The motor can be mounted in two positions on the camera. The motor is interchangeable in most models. The DC motors are supplied by external 12V-6W-batteries, there is a version with a 25fps-only-motor supplied from a 220V-50Hz-AC wall outlet.

The fastest electrical motor run at 96fps max.

Max. reel capacity: there are two different magazines: 30m/100ft and 120m/400ft

Variable shutter (0 - 180°)

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

Made in GDR


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.

The Pentacon AK16 is a 16mm film camera with interchangeable cassettes and various drives. As a special feature, it has an adjustable sector shutter. The lens revolver takes three lenses and has a synchromesh adjustment. For the conditions at that time, this camera was very advanced. It was developed in the 1950s by the VEB Pentacon Camera and Kinowerke (VEB Zeiss-Ikon) (sale from 1953) and was intensively used by many studios in the East until the late 1980s. Disadvantage was the high weight of the camera. It was also very robust. Here is a summary of the main features:

   SLR system with adjustable sector shutter (0-180 degrees)
   Lens turret for 3 lenses with sync screen (can be switched off)
   Exchangeable cartridge system
   Metal housing with 2 drive options
   Various motors can be used (synchronous motor 25 B / s, adjustable motor, spring motor), reversing possible
   Frame transfer via intermediate gear
   Eyepiece adjustment (defective vision)
   Dovetail guide for compendium and other accessories 

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

   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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