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11-17-2015, 04:44 AM   #3736
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Practica, East German I think, was a bargain brand at least originally with an M42 thread mount, although they later had a bayonet. It sort of the bargain line for Praktina which had a Canon-like breech mount. Both cameras, but especially the Prakica, were regarded as "clunkers." Piesker, together with TeleMegor (sp?), were bargain-brand lenses, primarily (entirely?) long-focal length or telephoto, also I believe East German. During the time when I started photography, late 50's, both the cameras and the two lens makers were widely available. I never had a Praktica camera, they did not have a good reputation. I did have two Piesker lenses, a 250 f5.6 and a 400 f5.6 The latter was actually a long-focus lens, not a true telephoto, that is, it was actually 400mm long. Not sure about the 250, but the 400 was just a cemented doublet on a big tube. The 250 had a preset diaphragm, the 400 had a manual aperture.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Practica, East German I think, was a bargain brand at least originally with an M42 thread mount, although they later had a bayonet.
East German, yes. Originally made by KW -- an abbreviation that stood for many different things over the years -- though this model was after the majority of East German camera & lens manufacturers had been folded into VEB Pentacon. (The lack of further model designation after the "IV" suggests that it was made between 1960 & 1964.)

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It sort of the bargain line for Praktina which had a Canon-like breech mount.
Eventually perhaps, though the Praktica line predates the Praktina line, and by the time this particular camera was released the latter was no longer being produced. (A casualty of KW's merger into Pentacon.)

Perhaps better to say that it began as an alternative to VEB Zeiss Ikon's Contax-D. (Known as the "Pentacon" in the West, from which the conglomerate would eventually get its name.)

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Piesker, together with TeleMegor (sp?), were bargain-brand lenses, primarily (entirely?) long-focal length or telephoto, also I believe East German.
Telemegor was a designation used for some of Meyer-Optik's telephoto lenses. They were lower-end than their Orestegor-labeled ones, but still with a nice rendering if a bit soft at times. (I don't recall if the Telemegor name had been dropped before they merged into Pentacon or not though. Orestegor lasted that long, at least.)

I know nothing about Piesker other than that they were based out of Berlin. I expect West German, if only because I'm pretty certain that I've never seen them on a list of East German companies that made m42 lenses.

My personal opinion is that the Praktica IV is a usable, though somewhat limited camera. (Particularly by the end of its production run, when it was being outclassed by even lower-end Japanese SLRs.) It was the first Praktica with a pentaprism rather than waist-level viewfinder, and it can be a bit dim because of this. My main thing about them is that I find them to be nice to hold, even if the bottom-mounted wind lever can be not to everyone's taste. (You're also more likely to find a Praktica IV with decent condition shutter curtains than, say, a Praktica FX or a Contax-S.

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QuoteOriginally posted by johnpentax Quote
Would be interested to hear opinions about this camera purchased at a camera shop recently.
This was the first Model of Practica that had a built in prism. It is basically an FX2 with a prism. This version came after one with a black front (the last KW camera)

It is a very well built solid camera. However, the lack of a return mirror showed a lack of innovation.

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Here is the FX2 that the IV is based on.
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50/2.9? Is that a Trioplan on the front of yours?

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Just showing off my new flash unit...

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Can you still get cubes? Had some sitting around the house, but I think I finally threw them out. When I started photography I sometimes used screw-base flash bulbs in a Kalart gun, the latter being one of the standard flash guns for use on press cameras (4X5).
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A more straightforward P654Nii shot. Loving this thing less than a week in...
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A new to me MZ-5 which is waiting on a new brass mirror motor gear.

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A new to me MZ-5 which is waiting on a new brass mirror motor gear.

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That looks a lot like my Zx-5n, one of my favorite film-era cameras. I think it was the last Pentax to have a real shutter dial.
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50/2.9? Is that a Trioplan on the front of yours?
Yes, and here is an example from it:



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A more straightforward P654Nii shot. Loving this thing less than a week in...
Desirable. I wonder how images from this stack up against a 6X9 folder. You have both, so how about a dual?
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Yes, and here is an example from it:
Very nice. I borrowed an Exakta-mount one from a friend for a while and loved it. (Used it on my Canon FD bodies.) Then I looked up how much it would cost to get my own.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
A more straightforward P654Nii shot. Loving this thing less than a week in...
Now you need the FA 645 45-85mm zoom...
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A friend is sending me a C2 from his father-in-law's attic, I'm excited to try it out.

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Anyone give me an ID on this beautiful little number? Contax of some kind? It's a camera belonging to my lady's grandfather...



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Ahhhh - finally answered my own question: Argus C3 I think it is.... with Coated Cintar 50/3.5.
Don't know a thing about these.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
That looks a lot like my Zx-5n, one of my favorite film-era cameras. I think it was the last Pentax to have a real shutter dial.
Your ZX-5n was called the MZ-5n over here.

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Now you need the FA 645 45-85mm zoom...
Nah - I don't zoom these days. All I have left is my DA*50-135 and Vivitar Series-1 70-200mm pk mounts. And I use both extremely infrequently.
The kit I bought a while back with the 67 (and the reason I decided to "jump" in at the silly price the local guy offered it all at) landed me the camera plus a giant collection of filters, gobs of odds-n-ends, and these:
SMC 67 45/4.5 (mounted in the previous shot on the 645))
SMC 67 75/4.5
SMC 67 90/2.8
SMC 67 135/4.0 Macro and
SMC 67 165/2.8

I might sell the 135 - I never use it.
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