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★★★★☆

“This review covers most of the Praktica Manual SLRs...”

Written on: 21/09/2002 by Guru. (1 review written)

Good Points
Reasonably wide shutter range. Robust. Batteries not needed.

Bad Points
For the price, none.

General Comments
This review covers most of the Praktica Manual SLRs built in the 1970s-80s. The models are all similar, some had lightmeters, some had selftimers, but were basically the same camera. No "bells or whistles", these were basic manual exposure, manual focus SLRs. I owned a NOVA II in 1985, which introduced me to "proper" photography. The shutter speed range was 1-1000th sec + B, the flash snyc. was about 100th sec. The standard lens was the fantastic Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f-2.8, which was extremely sharp. The camera used the Pentax M42 screw lens fitting, which made for a large amount of available lenses. If you get one with a TTL lightmeter, you also get a Depth of Field preview. There was no provision for a motor wind (but do you really need it?). If you want to go back to basics, get one. Or, if you are starting out in photography and really want to learn, get one (or get two). I now have a LTL3 and a L2. I don't use them much, but they make a perfect back-up SLR system to my Nikons.