Pentacon Six TL light leak

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by darko|1, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Several days ago I got never used Pentacon Six with 3 lenses, Biometar 80/2.8, Flektogon 50/4 and Sonnar 180/2.8. I was so happy. It was really minty condition, like I said never used. First roll was OK, I do some shots with Sonnar 180/2.8 on Delta 3200, I do also some shots with EFKE 50 and Biometar and Rollei 400 Infrared + Flektogon. I never realized that something is wrong. Then I decide to go out with new toy and took every three lenses with me and only efke 50. After developing I was surprised. Films with sonnar and flektogon had serious light leaks on every frame while some frames with biometar had no light leaks and some had. I have tried to inspect my pentacon and could not find anything what will tell me why this has happened. Leaks where exactly on the same places, on the top and on the bottom of the frame, somewhere about half distance from the start of the frame. Does anybody have idea or same experience or have advice for solution thanx in advance darko
  2. If I read your post correctly, the Biometar shots were all on the slowest film, which is least likely to be fogged. The Flektogon and Sonnar shots were with faster film, including infra red film both of which fog easily. I wonder if the camera is not winding film tightly enough on the take-up spool, which would account for fogging near the edgesof your film.

    I've had my share of trouble with my Pentacon Six, but nothing like this.
  3. Thank you Robert, still cannot figure out what is going on, hop I will soon.

  4. The Pentacon is prone to imprecise tracking of the film from spool to can easily get a bit of push by the film from one shoulder of the plastic spool to the other, which tends to admit light in the way your shots show. Also, the film needs to be wound very tight across the film gate before the back is closed... loose film will tend to produce fogging at the edges.
  5. Here's a link to instructions on loading a P-6.[from "TRA's" excellent website] It seems like it should be simple, but it's actually fairly complicated and little errors make a big difference:

    That's one of many reasons why I prefer to use my Arax 60 [a modified Kiev 60]. However, I do love the Zeiss Jena lenses.
  6. Robert & Ernie, thank you for your kind words!

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