|Praktica Nova B (Pentacon) , 35mm SLR camera, c1965|
Praktica Nova B, an East German made 35mm SLR. Pentacon benefitted from German know how after the forced break up of Zeiss following the cessation of WW2 and the division of Germany between the allies, consequently these Nova series Prakticas are very well made. This Praktica Nova B was an item of blackmail! If you pass your physics exam, they said, we'll buy you a new camera, they said. So blackmail pays apparently, this is the result, okay it was secondhand - but frankly I wouldn't have had it any other way. So it was that this Praktica displaced the Dacora and set me on my way to a house full of old photographica. It's a tough one too, it's been dropped from appalling heights and bounced. It never missed a beat until the shutter blind split and that, regrettably, was that. Although repaired it was never quite the same again, and was retired, being succeeded by our faithful Pentax K1000.
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