Praktica MTL 3, MTL 5

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KW / Pentacon Praktica MTL 3, MTL 5

Another two models in the hardly different models list. The MTL 3 was introduced in 1978, with no preceding MTL 1 or 2. The model outsold all Praktica models, with about 865,000 made under Praktica MTL 3 and several other rebrands; see below. After that came the MTL 5, an identical camera other than different skin and black rewind and cocking levers. It was followed with MTL 5b, the same body, without the PC port, and MTL 50, which replaced the meter needle with LED indicators. Overall, the same model, with slight variations, served for over twenty years.

As with other Prakticas, if you find a working unit, it will last forever. Lenses are the weak point; most are stiff, easily fixed, may have inconsistent coatings.

The cameras are straightforward, with no fancy features. The meter activates via a lever by the trigger button, which also steps down the aperture. Step down feature is dependent upon the lens, having the so-called auto mode set on A. .

Adding to the naming circus, Pentacon made two other cameras based on this model. The Super TL 2 and Super TL 3. The Super TL 2 top speed is 500, and both lack the self-timer. Neither carry any resemblance to the Praktica Super TL, which is an entirely different model.


List number 9531
Brand KW
Model Praktica MTL 3
Manual Butkus
Value MTL 3
MTL 50 
Super TL 2
Super TL 3
For other variants, search
Format 35mm
Introduced MTL 3 – 1978
MTL 5 – 1983
MTL 5B – 1985
MTL 50 – 1985
Super TL 2 – 1975
Super TL 3 – 1978
AKA MTL 3 : super TL 3 , PLC 3, Foticon MTL 3, VLC 3 and perhaps more.
MTl 5: Revueflex TL 25, Revue ML.
MTL 5B: Praktica PM 3, Nova B, Revue ML.
Country DDR
Qty made MTL 3 – 865,000
MTL 5 – 591,000
MTL 5B – 568,000
MTL 50 – 230,000
Initial price
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 49 mm
Lens mount Thread
Mount size M42x1
Aperture Step down by a lever
shutter Focal plane vertical metal
shutter make Pentacon
Light meter TTL, lever activated
Winder Lever
Lock No
Speeds B, 1-1000
Mirror Auto return
DOF preview Yes, lens dependant
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe Hot
External sync Yes, none on 5B
Sync speed 125
Timer Yes, mechanical
Battery 625
Battery voltage 1.5
Integral flash None

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