Pentacon Six TL
I've finally got a medium format camera baby! Wooh!
- Kinda heavy and bulky
- There are some strap lugs, but need special connectors. The bottom half of the leather case has metal loops on it and I attached a strap to those.
- Reflex mirror is not auto-return - the shutter has to be cocked to return the mirror.
- The waist-level viewfinder appears alright for now. I bought a Fresnel screen to replace the ground-glass screen and it is much brighter, especially away from the centre.
- Imitation snakeskin covering from a previous owner
- Replacement screen with focusing aids (horizontal split prism circle, microprism ring)
- Flocking using âkitâ from Baier Fototechnik
- Adjusted screen height to get better focusing
In early 2009 it became clear that this camera was seriously broken. The frame counter never worked, meaning I didn't know the roll of film was finished until I heard the backing paper flopping about inside. The result was that I wasted the last 4-5 shots.
But the final straw was when the frame spacing broke, leaving large gaps inbetween frames. I got ten frames from a roll of 120 and not many more from a roll of 220.
- Sent camera to Ben at Camera Check Point in Dubbo for repair. He kept me up to date with his progress via email.
- After a two week holiday (and presumably then working through the backlog), Ben reports that a few things in my camera are broken. He thinks that someone had previously tried to repair it, but probably made it worse.
- Ben has done some work on the counter and shutter. The shutter times are a bit off and he wants to know if he should go ahead with a full shutter service. I say go.
- Ben has finished all repair work, but the counter is still causing trouble. He's trying to find a replacement part through his ânetworkâ.
- Ben was unable to find a part but thinks he was able to fix the counter anyway. He posted my camera back.
- My camera arrived in the post! I now have a bill for AU$445 though. I hope this has all been worth it. The next day I put a test roll in but took over a week to finish it.
- Light shining on the new screen from above obscures the image. A pentamirror viewfinder would solve this problem.
- Kiev 60 viewfinder adaptor and a Kiev 60 waist-level finder or metered prism
- Installation of film advance control and CLA
- More lenses
- A sturdy tripod to hold this heavy camera