135compact.com 16mm film ultra compact cameras Pentacon K16
Pentacon K 16 was first released 1979 by the East German camera and
optics maker Pentacon. It was meant as an eastern counterpart to the
110 cartridge cameras in the
West. It has a special cartrige for mid-film
perforated 16mm film, made by the East German film maker Orwo. Production ended in 1989 with the end of the German Democratic
Republic and the cartridge film* (see below) ended soon afterwards. It has a decent, yet fixed focus lens and a choice of speeds.
16mm film is a movie film format, as was 35mm film. In the early
days it was cut from 35mm film and thus had perforations on one
side (single perforation). Please note, that the perfs and their area
of 35mm are bigger than those of modern 16mm film. As soon as 1923
Kodak introduced a set with camera, projector, tripod,
screen and splicer (or was it a slitter?) aiming at amateurs. The new format was rapidly
adopted by still camera producers to build smaller devices. The film
in a cartridge, but no standard has been established, many have 2
cassettes, one feeding and one taking. So every maker made his own
system. Some, like Minolta, even sold a choice of readily available
film cassettes. If you want to use this camera, you should at least
have one cassette and mid perforated film. To my knowledge this doesn't existanx more. So this camera is definitely obsolete.
The camera's main features are:
27mm F8 coated lens, min. focus ~1.5m Shutter speeds B, 1/30-1/250s, fixed aperture F8 13x17mm picture format, Kassette 16 Size 135x57x30, Weight 250 gr. Hot shoe, tripod socket, film counter
Camera and case.
The camera is mid size and has no cover to open. The lens is protecte by a filter.
top. Counter window, speed selector with weather sybols as guideline and shutter button with cable release socket.
Back view. Finder and back opening button (dial).
from below. Tripod socket, film advance slider.
film compartment open. You can see the film advance hook in the middle of the film plane.
must have been
a decent point and shoot camera
with quite good picture quality and a nice
finish. This camera
feels solid. As there is no film for it, I could not test it. So
no picture results were possible. If ever I come across a Kassette 16,
I will try to work around the mid perforation advance.