Praktica Appreciation Thread

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  1. AgX

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    I do not know of any Pentacon product marketed under the Vivitar label.
    Also Pentacon did not manufacture for others but labelled products out of their own range for other distributors.

    But it was the other way round: Under the brand Vivitar japanese lenses with Practica B mount were marketed.
     
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    According to http://www.praktica-collector.de/119_Pentacon_Super.htm only 4,579 were ever made, so it would be a rare bird wherever it was sold!
     
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    I'm not sure anything is a cheap fix these days. The one and only time one of my two BX20S bodies went in for repair was about 2000 when the repair cost more than I'd paid for the body back in 1993. I think the repair was just under £100, while the last batch of brand new bodies was still offered on sale and I was quoted £250. You might be able to get a quote for free however. Have you tried the slower shutter speeds in manual mode? Does the metal curtain open at all?

    I do seem to have good luck with my Prakticas.
     
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    Didn't some Praktica B series cameras also appear under the Revue name? Was that a continental European mail order brand?
     
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    Thanks, that's definitely the camera I was thinking of.....as you say, not really looking like an LX, just similar in concept of being a versatile system. I've never seen one, and don't know if they were sold here in the UK. Though I definitely had a very comprehensive brochure in English at the time ( with hindsight, regrettably, I passed on a whole heap of original GDR Exakta and Praktica brochures and leaflets to another enthusiast years ago.....and some lovely glossy Leitz ones. Wish I still had them :sad: .)
     
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    There were lots of export model Prakticas labelled as different "makes", Revue-Flex, Hanimex, Pentor, Jenaflex,Porst etc.
     
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    Revue was the brand for photo products sold by west-german mail-order department store Quelle. Yes, during the last year of GDR one manual-only B-model (BMC) was sold under this brand. And vbefore 10 models from non-B series.

    Praktica models can fill a whole collectors life...
     
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    Foto Quelle also had retail stores. I bought a Revue-Flex camera at one in Amsterdam in the mid 80s.
     
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    The Mamiya TL was the first real "Spotmatic" - its meter was a spot-only meter. The DTL models had spot and averaging.
     
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    "Rare" is not a word usually associated with 50mm lenses for Praktica M42 but I think I may have found one.
    It appears to be a Domiplan from about the middle of the zebra stripe production run, it is numbered 4243xxx.I think that would make it about mid 70s
    But it is marked "Prakticar", well before the use of the name on the "B" series lenses.
    Prakticar (Domiplan).jpg
     
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    Görlitz time-machine
     
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    Wow, that takes me back about 40 years to when i was the proud owner of a Praktica LTL3 with the 50/2.8 Domiplan.

    I look at my camera cupboard now and think how things have changed!!

    Mike
     
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    I have a soft spot for the Praktica BX20s. Never had one, never held one ... nevertheless I find it an intriguing camera. Especially with the 35, 50 and 85 Carl Zeiss lenses in Praktica B mount.
     
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    The L-model that never was :

     
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    Here's another one from the same guy.

     
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    He simplified things by making the winder integral part of the camera. Its base now lacks a tripod mount. Using the original body-mount necessitates a custom made stud with milled top.



    At about 5 million L-models sold, there should have been a market for Pentacon to sell at least some winders profitable. Hindsight argueing...
     
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    I am lucky enough to have two BX20S bodies. I got some admiring and inquisitive looks on Monday evening when I was taking photos with one at London Winter Wonderland...using the CZJ Flektogon 20mm f2.8

    There are some fine lenses in the Praktica B mount. And I am eyeing up an adapter ring which allows them to be used on NIkon bodies too.
     
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    Any idea why there never was?
    Was there really no market? Did one expect people buying an economical camera not to spent money on such accessory?
    When it became obvious in the mid 70s that at least at some higher priced cameras there was a market for a winder, the L series was long time designed and manufactured. Maybe there was lacking thrive to redesign for a winder coupling, though other design changes were implemented well, as with the VLC.

    For the Canon A-series, manufactured in similar numbers there were even several winders made by other manufacturers.
     
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    Just found it, should wait until October 7th, but likely will have forgotten by then...

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    ^--- My first camera, but with zebra Pancolar :smile:

    Regarding winders - perhaps conservative manufacturing politics.
     
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