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Created 27 June 2009 ... Updated 27 June 2009

Praktica super TL

Praktica super TL From the 1950 till the 1980s Praktica has built many, many SLR cameras and the super TL was one of them. These cameras were pretty good, very sturdy and until the 1970 s fully made from metal. Quality started to slacken from the late 1970s so when you want to buy a Praktica camera for daily use, make sure it works. One of the more likely problems is a stuck or broken aperture due to a lame tension spring. Another issue was the plastik cover of the film winding crank. This one is often missing or broken. Somehow the plastic used was not strong enough :o(

The Super TL was part of the 2nd series Pentacon camera. Other cameras of the 2nd series were the Nova and Praktica Mat.

My super tL works perfectly fine and is in a near-perfect cosmetic condition. Unfortunately the lens that came with it, the 1960s type with the black-and-silver stripes, did have a lame aperture spring. But of course when using any other lens, it's fine again. The cloth shutter was also like new, no holes and perfect shutter speeds.

Manufacturor  :  Kombinat VEB Pentacon Dresden
Model  :  super TL
Type  :  SLR - single lens reflex
Produced  :  1968 - 1974
K.D. Müller Reference  :  R:46180
Film  :  35 mm, type 135
Picture size  :  24 x 36 mm
Made in  :  G.D.R. (Eastern Germany)
Quantity Made  : 
Original List Price  : 
Material  :  metal
Lens  :  M42 screw thread lenses. The standard lens was the f=50, T1:2,8 aus Jena DDR
Filter size  :  49 mm
Focusing  :  Manual focussing
Focus range  :  depending on the lens
Viewfinder  :  SLR
Shutter  :  Cloth shutter. Speeds: 1 - 500 and Bulb
Aperture  :  depending on lens
Self timer  :  no
Exposure  :  manual using "match the needle". Pentagon used an all new system for this.
Exposure meter  :  Built in
Film speed setting 6 - 1600 ASA / 9 - 33 DIN
Battery  :  button cell at bottom for the exposure meter.
Flash  :  F and X contacts on body next to the lens. No hot shoe.
Flash Contact  :  F and X contacts
Film Advance  :  manual, single stroke lever on top
Other  :  Large depth of field preview button next to the body.
Dimensions  :  155 x 45 x 100 mm (l x w x h)
Weight  : 
Body serial number  :  473915 stamped in film compartment
Collection status  :  to be sold
Praktica super TL
Praktica super TL

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