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.
|Brand||KW / Pentacon|
|Model||Praktica LTL 3|
|AKA||Foticon LTL3, Revueflex TL 202, Pentor LTL 3, Praktica 1000|
|Weight||590 gr, Body only|
|Class average weight||620 gr, Body only|
|Lens make||Pentacon auto|
|shutter||Focal plane vertical metal|
|Light meter||TTL, lever activated|
|DOF preview||Yes, lens dependant|