I recently acquired another new (old) camera. "Another camera?" you might say. Well, I actually acquired three but I may tell you about the other two in a later post. The camera I'm going to tell you about now is the Pentacon Six TL.
The Pentacon Six is a medium format film SLR camera that was manufactured in Dresden, East Germany between 1957 and 1990. I'd been considering purchasing one for a while and when I came across a decent looking one within Ireland for a reasonable price I snapped it up. The main reason I wanted one is I thought it would be a less cumbersome alternative to my Hasselblad 500C which would make it handy to take on trips. However, I should have maybe actually handled one in the flesh before buying one, as it's a massive metal lump of a thing that weighs about the same as a house brick.
So far I've put three rolls of film through it. One black and white, one colour negative and one cross processed slide. I'm pretty impressed with the results. There are a couple of mechanical issues with the winding crank sticking and the 1/125 shutter speed not working but nothing a service wouldn't sort out. If you are thinking of getting into medium format film photography this would be a reasonably priced fairly straight forward camera to get started with. Overall, I think it's a very usable camera but it won't replace the Hasselblad in my hand luggage.