Rare vintage Pentina M 35mm film camera

This is a Pentina M, a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera originally made by VEB Kamera-Und Kinowerke Dresden, and then later by VEB Pentacon Dresden between the years 1963 and 1965. The Pentina was a very unique looking camera with a selenium cell exposure meter, a central leaf shutter and a sleek body that completely hid the angular pentaprism normally found on the top of typical SLRs of the day. The camera had it’s own unique bayonet lens mount and supported a couple lenses that were produced for it. A combination of an unorthodox left handled control layout, a lens mount that was incompatible with anything else out there, and an over saturation in the market caused the Pentina to only be produced for about 4 years before it was discontinued making it a rather uncommon camera today. The Pentina is an interesting camera to use. It is an attractive and easy to use camera, once you get over the left handed controls and SLR viewfinder in a body that looks nothing like an SLR.

Film Type: 135 (35mm)
Lens Mount: Pentina Breech Lock Bayonet
Focus: 1.6 feet to Infinity
Viewfinder: Fixed SLR Pentaprism
Shutter: Prestor MXV Leaf Shutter
Speeds: B, 1 – 1/500 seconds
Exposure Meter: Coupled Selenium Cell
Battery: None
Flash Mount: Coldshoe and M and X Flash Sync

This camera is fitted with a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 3.5/30mm lens.

Camera is in good vintage condition and working well. Shutter fires on all speeds. Light meter is a bit slow react to light sometimes and the accuracy is not tested or guaranteed. Light bit of dust inclusions in the viewfinder.

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