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Praktina FX model M
The Second Generation

Camera Name: Praktina FX
Model Name: M
Different Versions: 2
Production date: c. 1954
Estimated Production: c. 10,000
Normal Lenses: pre-set Biotar 2/58 mm or pre-set Tessar 2.8/50 mm

Praktina FX-M
The second generation of Praktina cameras was marked out from the lack of the mechanism to close automatically the diaphragm of the SB lenses and from the lack of the coaxial contact for bulb flash units, present in the previous model DS.
The version 1 has the half-size camera back hooking while the version 2 has the full-size camera back hooking. Moreover in the version 1 the wind and rewind knobs are knurled with 6 diamond rings while in the version 2 with 5 diamond rings.

Praktina FX-M with pre-set Biotar 2/58 mm

Model's Identification

Name of the camera
Praktina FX

Diaphragm's Control

No. of Flash Connections

Version's Identification

Version 1
Camera Back Hooking

Version 2
Camera Back Hooking

Remark about previous codes
The previous model code "FX", version 1 and 2, has been changed in "FX-M", version 1 and 2.

The Accessories
As from 1955 the Kamera-Werke was able to supply the complete set of accessories including eyelevel finder, waist-level finder, high-magnification finder, bellows focusing attachment, macro rings, filters, lens hoods, electric motor, spring motor, 17m magazine back, stereo viewfinder and lenses from Carl Zeiss Jena and Meyer-Optic Görlitz in the range 35-500 mm.

Specifications and Technical Data
Camera type: 35mm single-lens reflex camera.
Picture size: 24x36 mm on standard 135 cartridges.
Lens mount: Praktina breech-lock lens, bayonet mount.
Lens diaphragm control: none.
Viewfinder system: interchangeable eye-level viewfinder or waist-level viewfinder; lock lever of viewfinder on the bottom-camera with marks "A" and "Z" (open and locked); interchangeable focusing screen, matte or matte with split-image rangefinder; eye-level optical finder incorporated in the camera body.
Shutter: horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains.
Shutter speed dial: single-axis non-rotating dial, placed at the base of the winding knob.
Shutter speed settings: B, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 200, 500, 1000.
Shutter release: Shutter release button, with standard thread for cable release, positioned on the front of the body, sloping with an angle of 60°.
Self-timer: with a 10-second delay; the lever is positioned below the shutter release.
Flash connection: one standard X coaxial contact for bulb and electronic flash units.
Film winding and shutter cocking: knob.
Frame counter dial: placed at the base of the winding knob counts in ascending values; manual reset.
Film rewinding: knob.
Film reminder dial: placed at the base of the rewinding knob, sets 10-23/10 DIN film speed or two different types of color film.
Mirror: returns with the film advance.
Motor coupling: bottom-camera coupling for motors and lever trigger.
Tripod thread: 3/8".
Camera back: hinged and removable, interchangeable with 17m Magazine Back.
Serial number: stamped inside the camera body, in the film cartridge chamber.
Dimensions and weight: (without lens and finder) Height 85 mm, Length 147 mm, Depth 59 mm, Weight c. 570 g.

Source:VEB Kamera-Werke Price List, August 1954
Body, waist-level finder, split-image rangefinder, BV Tessar 2.8/50 mm
Body, waist-level finder, split-image rangefinder, BV Biotar 2/58 mm
Body, prism finder, split-image rangefinder, BV Tessar 2.8/50 mm
Body, prism finder, split-image rangefinder, BV Biotar 2/58 mm
DM 660
DM 745
DM 730
DM 815


The Praktina System
Kamera-Werke History
Praktina Directory
Model's Identification
Working Instruction
Praktina Prototypes
Praktina FX model DS
Praktina FX model M
Praktina FX model SA1
Praktina FX model SA2
Praktina FX model SA3
Praktina IIA model A
Praktina IIA model DA
Praktina renamed
Praktina N - Pentacon Super
Lenses with PK mount
Carl Zeiss Jena
Meyer-Optik Görlitz
Angenieux Paris
Enna-Werk München
Feinmess Dresden
Isco Göttingen
Kilfitt München
A.Schacht Ulm
Schneider Kreuznach
Steinheil München
Others manufacturers
Praktina Accessories
Viewing System
Motor and Winder
Magazine Back
Close-up Accessories
Stereo Accessories
KW Accessories
Third-party Accessories

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