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Pentacon 200mm F4 Preset

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Pentacon 200mm F4 Preset

Pentacon 200mm F4 Preset
Pentacon 200mm F4 Preset

"PENTACON 4 / 200 - German Democratic Republic". This is the successor to the Meyer Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 200mm f4 - essentially the same lens.

FL = 200mm
Ap = 15 Blades - Preset - f4 to f 22
5 elements in 5 groups
FoV = 12
600 grams
Min focal = just under 2.5m
58mm filter
Serial n 9602xxx
This lens has a removable mount. Most commonly available in M42. Otherwise Exacta.

This thread on stopping light leaks with narrow profile M42 lenses that don't cover the camera mount may be useful.

For those of you unfamiliar with the preset aperture mechanisms, "Mr Pentacon Six" has made these Utube videos: method 1; method 2.
Mount Type: M42 Screwmount
Price History:

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New Member

Registered: December, 2016
Posts: 13
Lens Review Date: February 27, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Low cost, sharp at F8
Cons: Slightly soft & ca at F4
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Fuji X-M1, Olympus E-PL5   

Pentacon 200mm f/4.0 (former Meyer-Optik Orestegor 4/200) old M42 lens for ~40$. This is the older version with 15 aperture blades, do not get the newer (inferior) 6 blade version.

There is some softness & ca at F4 but it becomes quite nice at F8.

More images & video with Olympus and Fuji

F8 Fuji X-M1 jpg ooc

F4 Fuji X-M1 jpg ooc

F8 E-PL5 jpg ooc

F4 E-PL5 jpg ooc
New Member

Registered: May, 2013
Location: Jakarta
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: May 25, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: bokeh, built quality
Cons: handling, not sharp enough in wide open
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 8    Camera Used: K5, MX, ME Super, MV   

i got on ebay for 15 blades version, with coating loss of rear elemen, but it's still okay for APSC digital to capture image
everybody know the meyer optik typical...fully bokehliceous!!
not fast lens actually especially in focusing and metering, I've had difficulty in communicating through the green button on my K5

here are the sample images:
Veteran Member

Registered: March, 2012
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 432
Lens Review Date: June 2, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap, IQ, Aperture blades.
Cons: MF, min focus distance.
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

Overall a pretty good buy if you are looking for a cheap but relatively good 200mm lens. MF is easy to use although abit annoying since the longer focal lengths are used more for things that are jitterish and like to move quickly, but good skill development
Fair bit of CA at f/4 but that quickly disappears stopped down, and the aperture blades make some nice bokeh around the f/8 mark. Best bit is this lens can be found pretty cheap!

Registered: April, 2011
Location: Lost in translation ...
Posts: 18,040

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 19, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp, build, bokeh (15 blades), pre-set, 350 throw ...
Cons: Not "sharp" wide open, min focal distance, huge throw ...
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 8   


I just acquired a copy of this lens from a PF member in France and quite happy thus far ... only tested today indoors with (and without) K-5 flash due to dull, rainy weather outside. Just wanted to post something ASAP ...

Great sharpness for some "long distance" portrait shots of my daughters ... I "need" this distance because they hate a camera in their face plus this far distance allows for more candid shooting ... even with the on-board flash. Other subjects OK, but I need to learn what this lens can do, especially outside in real world conditions and brighter indoor environments.

Below are additional images of this Pentacon ...

Allez et salut, John le Frog

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