The Penti was made in East Germany by Welta from late 1950s. It was available with a white, red , black or blue body.
The camera was being developed by Walter Henning at VEB Zeiss Icon company from 1956 and went into production as Welta Orix in April 1958 at VEB Welta Kamera Werke factory (renamed to VEB Prüfgerätewerk Medingen in 1960), as its parent VEB Zeiss Ikon company lacked enough production capacity. The name Orix was however quickly changed to Penti – in approximately one year and the production at Welta continued till the end of 1961. In 1962 the production was transferred to Object 1 plant of the VEB Kamera- und Kinowerke Dresden (VEB KKWD, former Ica factory). A new version Penti II with exposure meter was developed there, eventually made from early 1960s to 1977 by the Object 10 factory in Helfenberg. A simpler variant of the Penti II (without metering), the Penti I, was also made there, but discontinued before 1966. Some 800 000 cameras were produced from 1959 to 1977.
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