first SLR (single lens reflex) was a Praktica. I bought
it in 1993 and I still keep it, fully operational. Through the years I was buying
more gear, Praktica at first, then from other brands to keep the pace with modern
Notwithstanding, I'm still very found of these old, simple,
robust and reliable cameras. When I miss them too much, I go out shooting with
one of them just to feel the pleasure of the mirror sound and to force myself
to think before I shoot.
The pages mentioned
below show my Praktica collection in detail with pictures of the Praktica equipment
and photograps taken with it.
Allthough some of the pages about my cameras
are written in Portuguese, I'm confident most readers will grasp the essential
LTL (page in Portuguese): this camera is an early member of the L series,
the longest and most successful series from Praktica.
Some lenses have a
button to stop-down the diafragm, which is not necessary to measure light since
he lightmeter is activated by a lever next to the shutter button with stopped
PLC 2 (page in Portuguese): a model from the 1970s with M42 screw (L
series). I bought it with a Carl Zeiss 50mm/f:1.8 lens.
This unit has a
malfunctioning lightmeter. It uses V21PX batteries, which are no longer available.
I replaced them with three L344 batteries.
super TL 1000 (page in Portuguese): one of the last M42 screw models
(L series). I bought it with a Domiplan 50mm/f:2.8 lens.
This camera features
a lever to to operate the lightmeter with stopped-down diaphragm.
BX20: the first model of the BX series. It was launched during the late 1980s,
with bayonette mount. I use it with multiple lenses of the bayonette
type. This was my first reflex camera.
I believe this camera - together
with Pentax P30T - is one of the best cameras to learn photography. It is unexpensive,
has many accessories and demands the aprentice dedication to yield optimal results.
BX20S (page in Portuguese): Praktica's last SLR model, launched in
the year of the reunification of Germany in 1991.
It is a subtle variation
of the BX camera, featuring DX film coding and a plastic rounded body.
Other gear (for series B)
Zoom Lens Prakticar (B) 28-70mm/f:3.5-4.5 ø55mm Zoom Lens Prakticar
(B) 35-70mm/f:3.5-4.5 ø52mm Zoom Lens Prakticar (B) 70-210mm/f:4-5.6
ø52mm Lens Pentacon (B), 50mm/f:1.8 ø49mm Teleconverter
Prakticar (B) 2X Lens Carl Zeiss Jena (M42) Pancolar f1.8/50mm ø49mm
BX winder motor Flash Praktica BD 24 TTL
How to replace a V21
Some models of the L series (1968-1979) use a Varta V21 PX battery,
which has been removed from market. I suggest a replacement
battery made from 3 LR44 batteries.
site created and maintained by Dr Mike Otto, from Dresden, Germany. He is a passionate
collector of Prakticas and he has created a site that matches (and honours his
It is the most exhaustive reference I know on the Net about Praktica
(and related models). It contains a brief history of Praktica factories and its
predecessors, on Germany, then on German Democratic Republic (1946-1991) and then
again on Germany.
Each model is presented with its variations, with a detailed
technical sheet and, in many cases with close-up photos.
If you've never
seen a Praktica before or if you want to know the details of a particular model,
m42 camera's: A good site on Praktica cameras manufactured between 1949 and
1989 (those with a 42mm screw). It is maintained by Ferdi den Broeder from the
If features a forum for Praktica enthusiasts that help you
solve problems and answer your questions about the Praktica gear.
B: this site is dedicated to newer B-series and BX-series cameras (B from
bayonnette) manufactured from 1980s onward. (séries B e BX). Site in German.
features descriptions of Praktica bodies, lenses and accessories.
which was a sibling of Praktica m42 was (is?) maintained by Tiago Franco from
Lisboa, Portugal. Site in Portuguese.
Users: According to the author, André La Pierre, this site is an homage
to a brand that produced fine cameras for a modest price, opening the world of
quality photography to millions of people, most of them could not afford it otherwise.
As the german language puts it: "Praktica ist preiswert".
site contains descriptions, technical data, manuals and photos taken with Prakticas.
Cameras: a summary of Praktica history.
Official Praktica site. Little information, sober and gray.
the current condition of the Praktica heritage. Let's hope that better days are
Cameras site, two Praktica cameras are mentioned: Praktica
Super TL (Hanimex) and Praktica
João Gomes Mota|
|Published in February 2003. Last update: August 2005.|