|Praktica Super TL (Pentacon), 35mm SLR Camera, c1968|
The Praktica Super TL arrived in 1968, enjoying a reasonably long production run until 1976 from VEB Pentacon's Dresden facility, taken over from Zeiss Ikon at the break up Germany following the end of the Second World War. Even by 1968, the Super TL, like its Nova sisters, still showed significant styling and mechanical influences from its Zeiss Contax ancestry. In consequence, the Praktica family was always a well made range of cameras, though curiously often ridiculed. The Super TL shares much commonality with the Nova B, and production ran in parallel for some years. The principle difference being through-the-lens metering (hence TL), using a CdS sensor via the pentaprism. The readout is via a match needle in the viewfinder, and is activated only when the large button beneath the shutter release is pressed in, which also stops the lens down simultaneously. The film speed setting is now co-located with shutter speed and the slow speed mechanism modified. The Super TL is classic Praktica, sturdily built, with the shutter release in the old Contax position, 42mm screwmount lenses, and cloth shutter blinds with the distinctive Praktica clap during release. Film advance, like the Novas, is a fairly stiff and slightly gritty experience.
This example was donated in working order by J. Hallum in January 2013
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Body No. 186118
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