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Praktina FX model SA2
The Fourth Generation

Camera Name: Praktina FX
Model Name: SA2
Different Versions:  2
Production date: c. 1955-1956
Estimated Production: c. 11,000
Normal Lenses: semi-automatic Biotar 2/58 mm or semi-automatic Tessar 2.8/50 mm; semi-automatic Quinon 1.9/55 mm available in the U.S.A. market.

Praktina FX-SA2
The body is identical to the model SA1 with the addition of a second flash socket for "F" flash synchronization.
The version 1 has a black sprocket spool while the version 2 has a silver sprocket spool.

Praktina FX-SA2 with semi-automatic Quinon 1.9/55

Model's Identification

Diaphragm's Control
Yes for semi-auto lenses

Camera Back Hooking

No. of Flash Connections

Version's Identification

Version 1
Black Sprocket Spool

Version 2
Silver Sprocket Spool

Remark about previous codes
The previous "A" model, versions 3 and 4, has been changed in "SA2", versions 1 and 2.

Remarks on Export Versions
The models SA2 and SA3 exported to some western markets have sometimes special markings. The body, the viewfinders and the camera back are painted or engraved with inscriptions as "GERMANY EAST" or "GERMANY U.S.S.R." or "GERMANY U.S.S.R. OCCUPIED". The logo "KW Germany" on the top of the camera is covered by a label with the "KW" logo, and the "Germany" inscription of viewfinders and lenses is milled.

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: for semi-automatic lenses (SB).
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: two standard X and F coaxial contacts 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"or 1/4".
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, March 1956
Body, waist-level finder, split-image rangefinder, SB Tessar 2.8/50 mm
Body, waist-level finder, split-image rangefinder, SB Biotar 2/58 mm
Body, prism finder, split-image rangefinder, SB Tessar 2.8/50 mm
Body, prism finder, split-image rangefinder, SB Biotar 2/58 mm
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