Praktica MTL 5
|MTL 5 with the standard Pentacon 50mm/1.8 lens|
image by Martin Taylor (Image rights)
The Praktica MTL5 was a 35mm SLR made in East Germany by Pentacon between 1983 and 1985. About 574,000 examples were built before the camera was upgraded slightly and replaced by the MTL 5 B. The camera features TTL exposure metering, triggered by a switch next to the front-mounted shutter release; this stops down the lens, and operates a needle-centring display on the right edge of the viewfinder. The meter is powered by a mercury battery fitted in the base, and its film speed set by lifting and rotating the shutter speed dial.
Interchangeable lenses are fixed with an M42 screw mount.
The camera gives an impression of solid, but basic engineering - and has a strong mirror slap recoil.
- MTL5 Manual on Mike Butkus' site
- Praktica Collector - MTL5 Specific Page
- Praktica MTL 5 in Sylvain Halgand's collection (in French).
|MTL 5 with Pentacon 50mm/1.8 lens|
image by AWCam (Image rights)