The Pentina is a quite unusual leaf-shutter SLR made by the East-German VEB Kamera- und Kinowerke Dresden between 1961 and 1965 . In 1964 the company was renamed VEB Pentacon, where also the name Pentina was derived from. VEB Pentacon and its predecessor companies were rather known for their successful series of focal-plane shutter SLRs (Contax, Praktica, Exa, etc.) and designing and producing a rather complex but technically limited leaf-shutter SLR seemed like a setback. However, during the late 1950ies the West-German competition (namely Kodak Retina, Voigtländer and Zeiss Ikon) successfully implemented coupled Selenium meters into their leaf-shutter SLRs. This obviously was the driving force for the East-Germans to also develop a model for this market segment.