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The latest antique - a Praktiflex.

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by John Farrell, Dec 6, 2020.

  1. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    This is a second generation Praktiflex, made in the late 1940s. It has a CZJ Tessar lens, 5cm f3.5, in M40 mount. This camera is the direct ancestor of the Praktica FX.

    This particular camera came to me with a fault - the shutter could be wound, but the mirror stayed up. I had to strip the camera down to find the problem. Above the film takeup spool is a cam, which bears on a lever, to cock the mirror. The lever was running under the cam - a tweak with pliers saw it back in the correct position. The camera now works as it should.
    Since the shutter blinds appear to be without pinholes, and the shutter runs correctly at all speeds, I have loaded a film in the camera. I'll post some of the results here after the film is processed.

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  2. kendavis

    kendavis Active Member

    Well done for rescuing this camera. I have a number of Prakticas ranging from this to the VFB and they continue to function.
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  3. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    I must have missed this when you posted it, John. I've always thought the Praktiflex was a pretty thing - in fact, I think I posted a link a while back to an article on a new Leica that I thought looked reminiscent of it.

    Do show us when you have the film finished!
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  4. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    I processed 2 films today - one from the Praktiflex. The lens flares - I didn't have a suitable hood for it. the waist level finder is awkward to use, too.


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  5. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Just call it "character", and everyone will love it!

    More seriously, they look alright to me. Thanks for remembering to show us!
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  6. kendavis

    kendavis Active Member

    Yes, how did our predecessors get decent results from some of these early devices!
  7. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    The lens is probably not at its best after 70 years, and a good lens hood would improve matters. Our predecessors made do with what they had.

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