Pentacon Review 3.5/30

For the opportunity Pentacon 3.5 / 30 review Many thanks to Alexander from the manual optics section.

Pentacon Review 3.5/30

Pentacon Review 3.5/30

The Pentacon 3.5 / 30 is a small, well-assembled wide-angle. The lens has an M42 mounting thread, I used it on the camera without any problems Canon 350D, on cropped Canon APS-C cameras EGF lens will be 48mm. They say that earlier Pentacon 3.5 / 30 was a good reporter because of a decent depth of field.

Pentacon 3.5 / 30

Pentacon 3.5 / 30 side view, aperture blades view

Focusing is smooth, the focus ring rotates 180 degrees. Focusing ring metal. MDF is only 30cm. When focusing, the front lens does not rotate, the trunk is extended by half a centimeter. I liked the aperture control ring, which also has a preset function. For preset you need pull the aperture ring towards you and set the desired value. The aperture has no fixed values ​​and can take any values ​​from F / 3.5-F / 22, and the number of aperture blades is as much 10 pieces.

Front and rear lens enlightenment

Front and rear lens enlightenment

The lens has a focus distance scale and DOF. The diameter of the front filter is 49mm, and the lens weighs a little less than 200g.

It looks like Pentacon 3.5 30 on a modern camera

It looks like Pentacon 3.5 30 on a modern camera

Sample photos on Pentacon 3.5 / 30

Pentacon 3.5 / 30 cannot boast of something exceptional; for good sharpness, you should cover the diaphragm.

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with mounting thread M42 (M42 X 1 / 45.5), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this it is enough to choose the right adapter (adapter). You do not need to carry out any additional steps to modify the lens.

The cheapest adapters can be found at There are adapters (adapters) with a chip that provide more convenience during shooting, usually chips are used to confirm focus and / or metering exposure, and form the correct EXIF. The chip does not affect the image quality in any way.

For some SLR cameras (for example, with the Nikon F-mount), you need to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows you to focus correctly at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless cameras, such a lens is not needed, and the adapter is a simple decorated hollow metal tube with an appropriate mount.

For SLR cameras

  1. Canon: For cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount EF / EF-S need an M42-Canon EOS adapter, such an adapter with a chip can be found herewithout chip here.
  2. NIKON: For cameras Nikon DX / FXas well as for cameras Fujifilm и Kodak with a Nikon F mount, you need an M42-Nikon F adapter, you can buy such an adapter without a lens and a chip here, with a lens without a chip herewith chip without lens here, with lens and chip here. Why a lens? Why chip?
  3. PENTAX: For Pentax cameras with K mount, you need an M42-Pentax K adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.
  4. SONY/MINOLTA: For cameras with a Sony / Minolta A mount, you need the M42-Sony A adapter, you can find such an adapter without a chip at this linkwith a chip at this link.
  5. OLYMPUS/PANASONIC/LEICA: For cameras with a 4/3 bayonet mount (not to be confused with Micro 4/3!) You need an M42-4 / 3 adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.

For mirrorless cameras

  1. SONY: For cameras with 'E'/'FE' mount series SonyNEX и Sony Alpha you need an adapter M42-Sony E (aka M42-Sony Nex), you can find it at this link. An autofocus adapter is also available for these cameras. Techart PRO Leica M - Sony E Autofocus Adapterwhich can be found at this link.
  2. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / KODAK / XIAOMI: For cameras with a bayonet mount Micro 4/3 (Micro 4:3) you need an adapter M42-Micro 4/3, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with Canon EF-M mount need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R and RF-S: For cameras with Canon RF mount need adapter M42-Canon R, it can be found at this link.
  5. Nikon 1: For cameras Nikon 1 Series need adapter M42-Nikon 1, you can find it at this link.
  6. Nikon Z: For cameras Nikon Z series (FX/DX) need an adapter M42-Nikon Z, it can be found at this link.
  7. FUJIFILM X: For cameras with mount X need an M42-Fuji X adapter, you can find it at this link.
  8. FUJIFILM GFX: For medium format cameras G-mount need M42-Fuji GFX adapter, you can find it at this link.
  9. SAMSUNG: For cameras with NX mount, you need an M42-Samsung NX adapter, you can find it at this link. There are no adapters for the NX mini camera yet.
  10. PENTAX: For Q-mount cameras, you need an M42-Pentax Q adapter, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount you need an M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a bayonet mount Leica M need adapter M42-L / M, you can find it at this link.

If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all).

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The Pentacon 3.5 / 30 is a small wide angle, the lens doesn't have a lot of aperture, but the Pentacon 3.5 / 30 is small and very well made.

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Comments: 10, on the topic: Pentacon 3.5 / 30 review

  • Peter

    Arkady is probably the shortest article))) Looks like the truth is the lens is not worth attention))))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      By the way, it happened so, compactly squeezed all the information. The lens name is also very short :)

    • anonym

      It seems they gave only use at night. )

  • anonym

    Better in sharpness than Nikon whale or not worth taking?

    • history

      Have you already decided why you need it?
      If yes, read on)))
      Like almost all older optics, it all depends on the condition and the specific instance.
      My copy is sharp, yes, but not the fact that the copy that you get will be the same. Remember this.
      Especially remember that Pentacon is not Karl Zeis and Fuchlander, and as a result, there may be a variation in quality. Add to this that the grease used for Pentacons and Meyer Optics has such a filthy property to break up into fractions over time and as a result cover the lens surfaces with a film (fog / haze). And this is the least of the troubles for which you should be prepared to buy old optics.

  • history

    Earlier version as Meyer Optic 3.5 / 30 Lydith
    Yes, yes, this is the same lens.

  • history

    he is something in the f8 region

  • amateur photographer

    but I came across with some kind of toy mount, now apparently I need to look for a non-working backdrop under the M42 for transplantation.

  • amateur photographer


  • Adriano

    trovato su eBay un modello seminuovo con seriale 97…, in attesa di provarlo con adattatore/convertitore di focale turbo lens m42-fx su Fuji XT1 (apsc). Un industar 50/2 (minuscolo 50 F3,5) offre buoni risultati con il convertitore di focale, restituendo una immagine pari all'originale 50mm senza crop apsc, guadagnando circa uno stop di luce. Vedremo la resa con questo grandangolo 28mm

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