Post by belgiumreporter on Nov 26, 2017 8:31:28 GMT -5
A new camera came to join my pre '60ties collection. It's a '59 Praktica IV (though this one dates from '62).It has got to be one of the ugliest slr's ever made and i wouldn't say worst but it's specs aren't very inpressive even in the period it was produced.
A simple matte screen, no self timer, speeds up to 1/500th selctable on a non linear scale, no quick return mirror, no auto diafagm, the list goes on...compared to the Nikon F wich was launched in '59 as well it looks like a dinasour,though to be honest there was some diffrence in price on both.
Still it has some strange quirks, film transport both by knob and trigger wind and rewind by a collapsible knob wich actually works quite well. This set came with a Zeiss Jena Tessar 1:2.8 50mm and a Enna München 1:3.5 35mm wich in its turn is one of the worst 35mm ever produced, no contrast and unsharp (soft) at any apperture.To top things of i also got an Zeiss Ikophot handheld lightmeter in perfect working condition, i dont't collect lightmeters, but i think i'm gonna hold on to this one.
The transport lever on the bottom of the camera
the "collapsible" rewind
The Enna 35
Next to a somewhat better camera of the same age
In the 1962 catalogue they were featured on the same page