Praktica BX20S

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The Praktica BX20S is the last 35mm SLR made in Germany. It was developed by VEB Pentacon already before 1989 and is the direct successor of the Praktica BX20 and shares almost the entire set of specifications with it. After the end of the DDR and the German re-unification the company Schneider-Kreuznach took over the SLR production in Dresden and produced the BX20S from 1992 to 1999 (about 33,000 units), and again later in 2001 (under the name of Pentacon GmbH) a small last series of 100 units.


  • aperture priority auto exposure
  • vertical metal blades focal plane shutter, 1 sec. to 1/1000 sec.
  • LED shutter speed indicators in viewfinder
  • TTL flash metering
  • flash synchronisation 1/90sec.
  • EV correction switch from -2 to +2
  • AEL switch
  • selftimer, 10 sec.
  • fresnel focus screen with microprism (95% coverage)
  • optional winder
  • PB (Praktica Bayonet) mount with electrical contacts
  • exposure meter using silicium cells
  • powered by 6V PX28 battery
  • dimensions: 141/88/49 mm, 510g (w/o battery and lens)

Praktica BX20S details
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