Praktica L

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Pentacon / KW Praktica L

I thought I was done with the East German Praktica SLR models till I landed this on my desk, came together with another camera.

The Praktica L is the first model of the Praktica L series, with the main change to the previous lot being the vertical metal shutter instead of the horizontal cloth. The camera could not be more straightforward to use, not an unnecessary feature. Built like a tractor, with a heavy armament style metal body with not even a wink towards elegance, it will probably outlast the user’s grandchildren. The Praktica cameras were made by the tens of thousands and were rebranded on the cheap to any willing distributor, just to generate hard currency for the People’s Paradise of the German Democratic Republic. I am sure that the Praktica cameras were beyond the reach of the socialists trapped in the DDR. A commended touch is Pentacon’s take on a quick-load contraption, the only luxury hint in a utilitarian model.


List number 9509
Brand KW
Model Praktica L
Manual Pacific Rim Camera
Value At
Format 35mm
Introduced 1969
AKA Cavalier SLR-III, Porst Reflex CX 3,  Ringfoto Praktica Autoreflex S.
Country DDR
Qty made 279,000
Initial price
Type Compact SLR
Body material Metal
Mode Manual
Weight 540 gr,  Body only
Class average weight 605 gr,  Body only
ASA range 17-1600
Kit lens 2.8/50
Lens make Jena
Filter size 49 mm
Lens mount Thread
Mount size M42x1
Shutter Focal plane vertical metal
Shutter make
Light meter None
Winder Lever
Lock No
Speeds B, 1-1000
Mirror Auto return
Viewer Fixed eye-level prism
DOF preview Yes
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe Hot
External sync No
Sync speed
Timer No
Battery, original N/A
Battery, replacement N/A
Battery voltage N/A
Integral flash None
Service / repair links See
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