KW Praktica LTL 3

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KW Praktica LTL 3

A  late 1970 model of the ever-popular Praktica cameras, now by Pentacon.  Here is a well-built, solid metal camera with a fast vertical metal shutter that gave the Japanese a run for their money. The unit I have buzzes and hums as it should, although being 48 years old. Considering that East German’s quality control followed the Soviet dogma, this is an exemplary apparatus.

There is little to add about the use and handling other than that the TTL meter activates via a lever on the lens mount, just by the trigger. Aperture step-down depends on the lens, a feature available on most 42mm mount lenses.

Most Praktica models, including the LTL 3 are freely available on the cheap, as are the 42mm lenses. So, this model would be a fun camera to use. There were 350,000 made, many sold under different brands, see below.

List number 9517
Brand KW / Pentacon
Model Praktica LTL 3
Manual Butkus
Format 35mm
Introduced 1975
AKA Foticon LTL3, Revueflex TL 202, Pentor LTL 3, Praktica 1000
Country DDR
Qty made 350,000
Initial price 90
Currency GBP
Type Compact SLR
Body material Metal
Mode Manual
Weight 590 gr,  Body only
Class average weight 620 gr,  Body only
ASA range 12-1600
Kit lens 1.8/50
Lens make Pentacon auto
Filter size
Lens mount Thread
Mount size M42x1
shutter Focal plane vertical metal
shutter make Pentacon
Light meter TTL, lever activated
Winder Lever
Lock No
Speeds B, 1-1000
Mirror Auto return
Viewer TTL
DOF preview Yes, lens dependant
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe Hot
External sync No
Sync speed 30
Timer Yes, mechanical
Battery 625
Battery style Button
Battery voltage 1.5
Integral flash None

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