Praktica IV M - Manual SLR- Zeiss Tessar 50mm f2.8 Lens

Praktica IV M - Manual SLR- Zeiss Tessar 50mm f2.8 Lens


This camera was made in the 1960's in the German Democratic Republic also known as East Germany, and part of the Eastern Bloc of Soviet controlled territory at the time.

In excellent condition and fully working, this camera will not only serve as a tool for photography, but as a beautiful piece of vintage decor and neat part of history you can own. Instruction manual can be found online in .pdf form.

Producer: VEB Kamera- und Kinowerke Dresden; since March 1964 VEB Pentacon Dresden Kamera- und Kinowerke
production period: March 1961 to March 1964
no of produced cameras: 19,327

Technical properties of the camera
shutter type: mechanically controlled horizontal-run rubberized cloth-blind type shutter with twin settings for fast and slow speeds
exposure time (possible settings) B, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200,1/500
view finder: fixed eye-level view finder (Pentaprism) with condenser type ground-glass focusing screen with split image range finder
mirror: no instant-return mirror
film transport / frame counter: knob film advance, loose film take-up spool (plastic), manual frame counter, rewind with special fold-out lever for rewinding, rapid winder at the camera bottom
lens mount: M42
self timer: none
battery: none
metering system: none
flash system X- and F-synchronisation with two flash coaxial sockets at the front of the camera body
flash indication: none

Fully functional with all fast speeds working properly, and slower shutter speeds appear to be firing in accurate time although they have not been tested. Comes with original leather case and strap which are all in good usable condition, as well as a roll of our premium expired Fuji Superia 100 iso colour film.


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