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The Pentacon is the same as the Contax D camera and was renamed to deal with a tradename dispute. Manufactured by East German Zeiss Ikon from 1952 to 1957, this SLR is fitted with a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f/2.8. It has a focal plane shutter with speeds of 1 to 1/1000sec and B. The finder has a plain ground-glass screen.This example here has a Tessar f/2.8 lens.
This one was originally engraved "ConSol" before that was gound-out and the camera was relabelled, possibly to "Hexacon", but the nameplate has been lost, so I just don't know.This camera has a Biotar f/2 lens.
Later Pentacon models had various improvements to this model. The Pentacon E had a selenium exposure meter built into the prism housing. The Pentacon F had an automatic stop-down diaphragm mechanism, and the Pentacon FM added a split-image to the finder. The Pentacon FBM had a meter and split-image finder.