The Ugly Betty of Cameras


A short review of my new (wasn’t sure whether it was working) Pentina from ebay!

This truly is one of the ugly bettys of SLR cameras. It’s big, heavy, and very awkward to control correctly without getting cramp in your hand!!! But behind that ugly exterior is a delicate beautiful interior with good vision and hope.

Supposedly a rare camera I spotted it on the auctions and decided to give it a shot. The Pentacon Pentina was made from 1961-65 (mine is the M model from Germany, not the American import). It has a light meter, and a spot focus as it is a single reflex camera. It also has a leaf shutter system.

Its a very rare camera because it was so rubbishly built, it broke easily and people just threw them away. I was very lucky taking a chance on this as it works fine with clear crisp images (when I managed to focus it correctly)!

It gives some great colours and amazing depth of field. These below are just basic test shots to let me know whether it’s all in tip-top condition…and it is! Yaaaaay! Soon I will be on adventures with this little ugly pretty thing to get its full potential!

written by explorette on 2011-06-07 #gear #test #review #lomography #film-camera #user-review #pentacon-pentina #meter-focus


  1. icomewhenieatcaponata
    icomewhenieatcaponata ·

    it looks not so ugly!

  2. explorette
    explorette ·

    haha in photos it looks quite nice, but then when you open the box and see it in real life........ thats a different matter!! haha

  3. caromi
    caromi ·

    I absolutely love the second and the third pictures. Good eye :)

  4. explorette
    explorette ·

    The second roll of film i shot with this camera is here , i used elitechrome this time to see what it could really do :D…

  5. pzjo
    pzjo ·

    great shot of detol!

  6. explorette
    explorette ·

    @pzjo haha im a mean clean washing up machine! haha

  7. schemerel
    schemerel ·

    wauw !

  8. didimuir
    didimuir ·

    Nice photos :)

  9. lyndxe
    lyndxe ·

    great photos! i stumbled across one of these in a camera shop and wrote down the name so i could look it up when i got home - totally dreamy photos! thanks for the info!!

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