Between October 69 and January 72 only 4579 cameras were produced. It has an M42 lens mount, and a vertical, metal focal-plane shutter, with speeds 10 - 1/2000 second, plus'B', synchronised for electronic flash at 1/125 second. The camera has interchangeable viewfinders; a waist-level finder can be used, or there is a prism finder with through-the-lens CdS metering. The price with the Pancolar 1,4/55 was 2287 DM Mark; so minus the price of the Pancolar the camera itself with prism cost 1740 Mark, the 17m back cost 320. Mark with optical confirmation of the exact film transport and 288.
The motor drive cost 547 Mark plus 83.50 M for the trigger and 91. So this setup was very expensive.
The demand of the domestic market was saturated very quickly and for the international market the Pentacon Super came much too late. Considering the fact that the first patents date back to 1961 (shutter) and 1962 (TTL meter) it took much too long until the finished camera entered the market. Although first shown at Leipzig Autumn Fair 1966, the Pentacon Super did not enter production until 1968. By that time professional photographers had long switched over to Japanese professional cameras like the Nikon F although the Pentacon Super with the internal coupling between the objective and the TTL meter was the more modern and easier to handle solution.The Pentacon Super was comparable to the West German Contarex Super and it shared its destiny: They both were not successful. The Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 1.4 / 55 is a true legend among lenses. Around 5 000 copies were manufactured exclusively for the Pentacon Super. As the name suggests, the Pentacon Super was supposed to be the best SLR on the market, targetted specifically towards high end users and professionals. The item "Pentacon Super EXC+++ with famous Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 1.4 / 55 + case" is in sale since Thursday, April 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photography\Film Photography\Film Cameras". The seller is "theoremah2so4" and is located in Athens. This item can be shipped worldwide.