Praktica LLC

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The Praktica LLC was made from 1969[1] to 1975 by Pentacon, the East German super "combinate" which had gathered most of former East Germany's camera production in one company. It was the first SLR for interchangeable lenses with electrical transfer of the lens's aperture value to the camera body, and often credited as the first M42 screw mount camera offering open-aperture metering. Therefore it had three contact plates in the lens mount.


  • Type: SLR camera body
  • Manufacturer: Pentacon
  • Year of launch: 1969
  • Film: 35mm with speeds 12 to 1600 ASA
  • Shutter: Focal plane shutter made of steel lamellae, with speeds 1 sec. to 1/1000 sec.
  • Lens mount: M42 screw mount with aperture release shifter and electrical contacts for aperture value transmission
  • Meter: coupled TTL meter helps with its match-needle "scale" in the viewfinder to adjust shutter speed and aperture
  • Viewfinder: Pentaprism finder, fresnel lens focus screen, in the middle a microprism area, and a triangle that appears when the camera is not cocked for the next shot
  • Film advance: single stroke rapid lever with exposure counter, fast film load system
  • Flash support: shutter flash synchronized up to speed 1/125 sec., bulb flashguns for speed 1/30 sec.; hot shoe


  1. This is the date in McKeown's however it was reported as a new model in press reports from the October 1970 Photokina show (scans at, alongside the Olympus FTL.