Praktica Appreciation Thread

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    What made me wonder was the size of the battery chamber
    Probably an LLC or MTL battery chamber.
     
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    http://praktica.planetaclix.pt/lenses.html
    After the fall of the FSU , appears Schneider took over the organisation of production, some of the lens production was outsourced to Samyang.
    Here are two apparently identical 28-70 lenses sold in identical blue boxes marked Schneider Dresden, apart from the knurled ring and the fact that they focus by turning the front ring in different directions.
    So these Samyang lenses seem to have varied in design over the years.
    Hard to resist at house clearances and car boot sales.

    Prakticar 28-70 1.jpg Prakticar 28-70.jpg
     
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    Pentacon was located in the GDR and not in the Soviet Union.
     
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    It was LLC/PLC/VLC or EE.
    LTL/MTL used button size battery.
     
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    Decided to test the Praktica waters recently with a TL Super. The viewfinder seemed dimmer than I expected; maybe GDR engineering wasn't state of the art. Looking into the mirror box, I saw the mirroe was misaligned - sitting askew on its mounting plate. Then, I made the mistake of touching it, and the mirror broke free from the clip that should have been holding it in alignment.

    Oh, well, I thought, let's try again, and I got an MTL3 with 50 mm f/1.8 lens and functioning meter that agreed with Sunny f16. All seemed OK until I noticed that the shutter fired at high speed, possibly X-sync, on alternate shots at slow speeds.

    The Pentacon 50 mm lens is now screwed onto a Fujica ST605n, and two Praktica bodies, one with a broken mirror mount and the other with an erratic shutter, await an indefinite fate.
     
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    Within the L-family there were two versions of the self-timer offered/built: with triggering by the release button or by a button on the self-timer.
    What are the benefits of one over the other?
     
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    I'm a bit late with posting some images, but here they are. Praktica LTL3 and Tessar 50mm 2.8.
    It's a fantastic little camera, sturdy, a bit clunky but overall a joy to use. I like the loading system, but what l don't like is that the advance lever becomes about 3x stiffer when the camera is loaded with film.
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    Off topic nusproizvodjac, but post more of architectural sights from the East as in the first photographs.
     
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    Back to the Praktica:
    Half a year of silence.
    Anyone who would make me wiser?
     
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    I will @AgX l am fascinated with the architecture from the socialist period, and Belgrade has lots of it.
    My LTL doesn't even have a self timer, which l found rather strange.
     
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    Was there any manufactuer who made more models? Likely all Praktica models ever produced will never be known.
     
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    Yes it seems that minor changes led to different name, l can't really find any differences betwenn LTL and MTL except for the leatherette or something insignificant.
     
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    I have the L, and it is devoid of any fancy options, except for the microprism screen and an odd mechanism which prevent the release of the shutter.

    PS: Nice pictures. :smile:


    The MTLs have a split screen and a sync terminal on the side of the lens mount.

    There is an awful lot of versions, like the Minolta SRTs, also several models were sold under the banners of Revue, Porst, JC Penney, Cavalier & Hanimex.
     
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    @Helios1984 Thanks! I wasn't paying much attention to what l was taking photos of, l wanted to test the camera since l needed to recalibrate the meter, but they turned out nicely exposed. I just remembered, there was a website called prakticacollector and it's been up for ages, they may have listed all, or at least most of the models.
     
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    You can also find good technical information on Dresdner Kamera.
     
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    As an avid collector of L series cameras, I have never seen or heard of one that the shutter button triggers the self timer.
     
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    The all mechanical L is probably my favourite.

    Also about self timers, when was the last time you used the facility?
    It must be over thirty years ago the last time I used it on a LLC.

    Nice to see the thread is still running. :smile:
     
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    I use self timer relatively often, not on Praktica though, rather on Yashica 35 Electro, when l have to do exposures that can't be done handheld, and l don't have a tripod with me. I put the camera on something sturdy, set the aperture, release the self timer, and wait. :D
     
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    I exercise the self timers on my cameras every 6 months or so to keep them functional. I haven't shot film since the demise of local developers.
     
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    I don't think the association is that surprising, particularly in a European context. Outsiders (by their marginal and sometimes precarious nature) may not have the inclination, and will almost certainly not have the money, to concern themselves with the "Leica glow." Likewise it isn't necessarily meaningful to them to consider which company has the best or most complete professional reflex system, for the true artist is immune from GAS and their needs are in any case usually more ascetic. Instead they'll look for something that's simple, available and affordable - but which is nonetheless good enough to be capable of fine results and gets the job done. The Praktica fits that bill quite well.
     
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    I agree, and more proof that the camera brand has no bearing on the art world's appreciation of the photograph. Or maybe the Praktica's bear trap shutter lends an impressionistic glow to everything it touches ; )
     
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    What is a "bear trap shutter"? I found impressive shutter sounds at most different cameras.

    "Bear trap shutter" would be rather appropriate though for an Exa.
     
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    One photographer I follow who accumulated thousands of unique photographs from the 70s on his Praktica, claimed it blurred below 1/250 of a second owing to the shutter. I've only ever borrowed a Praktica, and that was many years ago, but still recall the shutter sounded like a town hall clock.
     
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