The Pentona is a viewfinder camera for 35mm film. It was developed by Zeiss Ikon and produced by KW.

The black coated parts of the camera's body and the bottom are one part which has to be removed for film load. Thumb wheels (knurls) on top and bottom serve as film advance/rewind controls. Other elements on the top are the flash shoe, the shutter release and the exposure counter. In the middle of the bottom is a second thumb wheel, the camera lock. Another element on the bottom is a tripod screw thread. The most characteristic part of this camera model is the metal front part in which the lens tube is mounted. Nearest to that part is the aperture control ring. The middle of the lens tube is the speed setting thumb wheel. In front of that part the tube is narrowed towards the inner part of the lens tube. This inner tube with engraved distance scale which turns for focusing.


or Prestor RVS shutter with speeds 1 sec. to 1/500 sec. plus B

  • Aperture: 1:3.5 to 1:22
  • Viewfinder: optical
  • Film advance: knurl, advancing unlocks shutter for next exposure
  • Dimensions: 125 × 84 × 67 mm

model II[]

The Pentona II has a bigger viewfinder and a film advance lever, but it has not the characteristic front part of the earlier model.